Lions take no pris­on­ers in win

Seymour Telegraph - - SPORT - By Lewis Fis­cher

Sey­mour’s A-grade will be look­ing to make it three wins in a row af­ter a con­vinc­ing 18-goal win against Mans­field on Satur­day.

The Lions had a slow start, shoot­ing nine goals to the Ea­gles’ 10 in the first quar­ter, but were run­ning hot af­ter the first change.

Sey­mour be­gan to edge its way out in front, shoot­ing 15-10 in the sec­ond term.

Bec Beaton was su­perb again in at­tack for Sey­mour, goal­ing bril­liantly as the Lions built their half­time lead.

Meg Gr­bac and Ge­or­gia En­gel ramped up the Lions’ de­fence in the sec­ond half, re­strict­ing Mans­field to just 15 goals.

Tak­ing on the Ea­gles a sec­ond time around, Sey­mour coach Laura Car­land said the Lions were more adept at read­ing their op­po­si­tion.

‘‘In round one I was a new coach com­ing in, there were a lot of new girls who’d come to the club who were new to the GV League,’’ Car­land said.

‘‘So when we were up against teams, we had ab­so­lutely no idea what to ex­pect.’’

Af­ter a close first half Car­land will be look­ing to im­prove her team’s abil­ity to break off a lead sooner in a match.

As Mans­field tired out and let its guard down, the Lions were able to take hold.

‘‘We kept steady, kept at­tack­ing that ball and man­aged to break away in that sec­ond half to win by that 18-goal mar­gin,’’ Car­land said.

‘‘If any­thing went wrong we just picked up our heads and went harder af­ter the next ball in­stead of wor­ry­ing about what we’d just done.

‘‘We just kept out heads and didn’t get rat­tled by de­ci­sions or the phys­i­cal­ity of the game.’’

A strong per­for­mance in the fourth quar­ter, where the Lions shot 18-7, saw the Ea­gles leak goals and the Lions lay the pun­ish­ment on the score­board.

Sey­mour will next face Tatura, who it’ll look to re­deem them­selves against af­ter its loss in round three.

‘‘We prob­a­bly never should have lost to Tatura, we were very dis­ap­pointed in how that game played out,’’ Car­land said.

‘‘We’re look­ing for­ward to hope­fully re­deem­ing our­selves and get­ting that third win in a row.’’

Score: Mans­field 35 lt Sey­mour 53.

Best: Alana Mascitti, Ge­or­gia En­gel, Court­ney Al­dous.

B-grade

A high-scor­ing, see-saw­ing shoot-out be­tween Sey­mour and Mans­field saw the Lions just get over the line in a match that could have gone ei­ther way.

Sey­mour got off to a fast start shoot­ing 15 goals to 11 in the first quar­ter.

The Lions kept up the pace in the sec­ond quar­ter but it was Mans­field who got the bet­ter of the quar­ter, with the Ea­gles clos­ing the gap to trail by just a sin­gle goal at the half-time break.

Sey­mour again out­gunned its op­po­si­tion, but only just, in the third quar­ter.

With a three-goal lead theirs to pro­tect, the Lions just had to hold out against Mans­field.

In­stead, the Lions chose to at­tack, and they in­creased their lead even fur­ther.

A 15-11 fi­nal term saw the Lions con­quer, run­ning out seven-goal win­ners.

Score: Mans­field 51 lt Sey­mour 58.

Best: Ge­or­gia Velt, Mariah Bau­mann, Lyn­del O’Sul­li­van.

B-re­serve

A bru­tal first and fi­nal quar­ter put an end to any chal­lenge from Sey­mour, which oth­er­wise kept the pace with Mans­field.

The Ea­gles gave no room to the lack­lus­tre Lions who con­ceded 17 goals to eight in the first quar­ter.

How­ever, Sey­mour looked much bet­ter in the sec­ond quar­ter.

The Lions shot just one goal less than the Ea­gles but were un­able to chase down the grow­ing gap.

The Lions stayed level with Mans­field in the third quar­ter, leav­ing them with the same 10-goal mar­gin to close in the fi­nal quar­ter.

In a mir­ror of the first quar­ter Mans­field shot well to put the game well out of con­tention to take an easy 18-goal win.

Score: Mans­field 55 d Sey­mour 37. Best: Natalia Mor­gan, Brodie Gun­ton, Vir­ginia Mor­gan.

Un­der-17

Sey­mour couldn’t quite catch the Ea­gles, de­spite look­ing to be on par with Mans­field for a ma­jor­ity of the game, and went down by a soli­tary goal.

The Lions took a one-goal ad­van­tage into the first break be­fore Mans­field turned the game on its head.

The Ea­gles shot 15 goals to seven in a sur­prise sec­ondquar­ter blowout.

Sey­mour used the half-time break as an op­por­tu­nity to set­tle.

They came back a dif­fer­ent side and matched it with the Ea­gles again, shoot­ing 12 goals to 10 in the third term.

An in­spired fi­nal term saw the Lions shoot and de­fend well, win­ning the quar­ter but they couldn’t quite close down the home side.

The Lions were de­nied by a sin­gle goal, go­ing down 40-39.

Score: Mans­field 40 d Sey­mour 39.

Best: Rani Curry, Madi­son Al­bers, Sarah Waite.

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