All play­ers put in 100 per cent

Seymour Telegraph - - SPORT - Rochester. Xavier McMa­hon can’t quite get his fin­ger­tips to his Rochester op­po­nent. Pic­tures: Bruce Povey, Rob Brooks, Wayne Her­ring, Lewis Fis­cher the ball. Brent Ryan wheels around in de­fence. Jay Ea­ger is a lit­tle bit out of his depth in this ruck con

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Sey­mour looked no less of a side, as it quickly stamped their dom­i­nance on the game.

‘‘It was prob­a­bly one of our best first quar­ters we’ve had all year,’’ Col­bert said.

‘‘We knew how we go­ing to struc­ture up, our play­ers knew what their roles needed to be and I think we im­ple­mented them re­ally well.’’

The Sey­mour for­ward line was po­tent.

The Lions kicked five goals in the first quar­ter while their de­fen­sive pres­sure around the ground kept the Tigers to just three points.

‘‘I think our for­ward line looked pretty dan­ger­ous,’’ Col­bert said.

‘‘I thought we had a re­ally strong con­tri­bu­tion from every­one in that first quar­ter, and that’s re­ally im­por­tant.

‘‘You can’t carry play­ers and I thought every­one gave it a red-hot crack in that first quar­ter which set us up for the rest of the game.’’

With a 33-point lead in their favour at quar­ter time, the Lions hoped to ex­tend their ad­van­tage af­ter the break but the Tigers in­evitably found their scor­ing boots and kicked the first two goals of the quar­ter.

Bran­dyn Gren­fell took two su­perb marks in the for­ward-50 for Sey­mour.

Through pure po­si­tion­ing and use of his size, Gren­fell broke through Rochester’s patch of mo­men­tum to kick two goals and keep the Lions’ lead in­tact.

Tak­ing a 28-point lead into the half-time break, the Lions looked in charge but not home and dry.

The Lions heaped pres­sure on the Tigers but the first two goals of the third quar­ter went to Rochester.

The ball re­mained locked in an in­tense hand-to-hand con­test for most of the quar­ter as the vis­i­tors tested Sey­mour’s re­solve.

James Fal­cone broke the drought for the Lions be­fore Ben Clifton snagged an­other goal just be­fore the siren to keep Sey­mour in the driver’s seat.

Se­nior debu­tant Jay Ea­ger kicked two goals in the fi­nal quar­ter for Sey­mour while Max McLean got his first win in se­nior foot­ball as well.

‘‘It’s great for these guys to get a taste of a se­nior win be­cause once they do they’ll be do­ing ev­ery­thing they can to stay in the side,’’ Col­bert said.

‘‘We had 31 scor­ing shots against Rochester on the week­end, we’ve been able to find other av­enues and that’s just what you do.

‘‘Los­ing Ja­son Cole has been a big blow for us but Har­ri­son Wheeler has re­ally stepped up his game in the mid­field for us.

‘‘That’s what hap­pens, you lose play­ers but as I’ve been say­ing to the group there’s op­por­tu­ni­ties for you there to step up and take them.

‘‘Play­ers are sens­ing there’s op­por­tu­nity and so I reckon we’re on a good run.’’

The Lions sit in fifth spot on the lad­der be­hind Be­nalla on per­cent­age, and only two games be­hind Shep­par­ton which is in sec­ond.

Next week the Lions head to Mans­field — a side they beat by 61 points in round two.

Score: Sey­mour 13.18 (96) d Rochester 8.9 (57).

Goals: B. Gren­fell 3; J. Ea­ger, M. O’Keefe, J. Fal­cone 2; M. Waite, R. Clarke, B. Clifton, A. Sturgess.

Best: H. Robert­son, D. Scopel, J. Hock­ley, B. Gren­fell, A. Sturgess, B. Ryan.

Come here:

Team­ing up: Billy Cox and Brent Ryan heap the pres­sure on


Over his head:

Out of the way: Har­ri­son Wheeler scram­bles through the pack with

Prayer: Dy­lan Scopel closes his eyes and hopes for the best.

Snatch: Matty OKeefe takes a bril­liant grab for the Lions.

Ready: An­drew Sturgess pre­pares to boot the ball long.

Fo­cus: An­drew Sturgess closes in on his op­po­nent.

Out of here: Ben Clifton hand­balls un­der pres­sure.

Look out: Matty OKeefe tears to­wards goal.

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