In­ten­sity gains a win for Lions

Seymour Telegraph - - SPORT - Re­becca Beaton played out of her skin for Sey­mour to get the win and take home the award. Ge­or­gia En­gel (GK) and Meg Gr­bec (GD) put the pres­sure on in de­fence. in de­fence. Court­ney Al­dous played a su­perb game in wing de­fence, pick­ing up the sec­ond award.

Sey­mour cel­e­brated its first vic­tory in 11 matches af­ter hold­ing out against Rochester on Satur­day.

It was a wa­ter­shed mo­ment for the vastly im­proved Lions, who lost to Rochester by eight goals in round one.

The Lions turned up with the in­tent to win and looked the more in­tense of the two sides out on the court.

Re­becca Beaton and El­lie O’Sul­li­van were a for­mi­da­ble com­bi­na­tion for their op­po­nents to de­fend against.

Both goaled ac­cu­rately, held the ball well and locked the ball into the at­tack­ing third for Sey­mour.

The pair gave the Lions an early quar­ter-time lead which they con­tin­ued to build on af­ter the break.

Long balls were made dif­fi­cult in the slip­pery and windy con­di­tions.

‘‘We had to rely on a lot of short sharp passes to get the ball down the court,’’ coach Laura Car­land said.

Meg Gr­bac pushed high up the court from goal de­fence to pro­vide an­other short pass­ing op­tion for the Lions.

‘‘Her, along with Court­ney Al­dous, were very good at bring­ing the ball down the court to our at­tack­ers,’’ Car­land said.

Ge­or­gia En­gel made a num­ber of crit­i­cal de­flec­tions to keep the pres­sure on the Rochester goalers.

The Lions took a slim five-goal lead into the half-time break.

A rous­ing speech from Car­land com­mended the team for their per­for­mance and strong team talk.

Rein­vig­o­rated, the Lions came back out and ex­tended their lead in the third quar­ter.

Long balls found the Lions caught out of po­si­tion thanks to a strong breeze and slip­pery con­di­tions.

The mid­courters pro­vided plenty of drive into at­tack to give the Lions their best at­tack­ing quar­ter of the game.

With their backs up against the wall, Rochester were al­ways go­ing to come and in a few min­utes of mad­ness the Tigers gave them­selves a chance be­fore the fi­nal break.

Rochester came out in the fi­nal quar­ter in­tent on chas­ing down Sey­mour’s eight-goal lead.

A Tiger frenzy brought Rochester to within three goals of the lead.

Great de­fen­sive pres­sure from En­gel, Gr­bac and Al­dous in wing-de­fence kept the pres­sure on the vis­i­tors.

With just enough bounce to launch a counter at­tack, the Lions man­aged to get the ball for­ward and break Rochester’s mo­men­tum.

Beaton held firm in at­tack to give Sey­mour those last vi­tal goals and con­firm the side’s sec­ond win for the sea­son.

‘‘The way we in­ter­act with each other, off court and on court, we’re just a com­pletely dif­fer­ent team that’s jelled re­ally well to­gether in the end half of this sea­son,’’ Car­land said.

‘‘Our com­bi­na­tions are start­ing to re­ally work to­gether.

‘‘El­lie and Bec played goals to­gether re­ally well and Bec kept her cool in that last quar­ter when we re­ally needed her to.

‘‘Meg and Ge­or­gia are re­ally get­ting to un­der­stand each other in de­fence too.

‘‘We’re nor­mally a team that’s quite speedy and throws long balls down the court so the girls did a great job to ad­just to the wet.’’

Next week the Lions face Mans­field.

Score: Sey­mour 42 d Rochester 37.

Best: Re­becca Beaton, Court­ney Al­dous, Ge­or­gia En­gel.

For a wrap-up of all the ac­tion from the Lions’ lower grades, see page 15.

Tough:

Ob­sta­cle: dif­fi­cult

Cat­a­lyst:

On fire:

Top game:

Mine: Laura Car­land leaps to grab a deep for­ward pass. Pic­tures: Lewis Fis­cher, Wayne Her­ring

Head to head: El­lie OSul­li­van tus­sles with her op­po­si­tion in at­tack.

Good move: Meg Gr­bec pulls in the re­bound

By Lewis Fis­cher

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