Intensity gains a win for Lions
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.
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