Lions take con­trol

Seymour Telegraph - - SPORT - By Lewis Fis­cher down. Lach­lan Waite kicks an un­likely goal from the for­ward pocket. Jack Mur­phy gets a run out of the mid­dle. Hugh Robert­son was an at­tack­ing force in the air and on the ground for Sey­mour.

With just four rounds left in the home-and-away sea­son, a per­cent­age-boost­ing 90-point win was just what the doc­tor or­dered at Sey­mour.

Tatura wasn’t tipped to be an easy win for the Lions; when the two last met, Sey­mour scraped through by just 13 points.

But on Satur­day, Rory Scopel’s open­ing goal un­leashed a bar­rage for the home side.

The Lions were in con­trol from the out­set as Harry Wheeler pushed for­ward, cre­at­ing plenty of run out of the mid­dle.

Hugh Robert­son got on the score­board next, which was the first of many in his bag of eight for the day.

Three quick-fire goals in the first five min­utes of play set the tone for the day.

Tatura nabbed one back around the 15-minute mark but a late goal to Rhys Clarke can­celled that out at the other end.

The Lions be­gan the sec­ond quar­ter much as they be­gan the first.

Lach­lan Waite scored a su­perb goal from the pocket, bounc­ing on the line and through the sticks cour­tesy of a Bran­dyn Gren­fell shep­herd.

Five unan­swered goals stretched Sey­mour’s lead out to 58 points be­fore the Bull­dogs scored one late to keep the Lions in check.

By the half-time whis­tle the game was all but over for Tatura but it per­sisted and fought back af­ter the break.

The Bull­dogs scored three of the first four goals for the quar­ter and looked to be mount­ing a come­back, but Sey­mour kicked the next three to undo Tatura’s ef­forts and leave the Dogs firmly on the ropes.

An eight-goal fi­nal term may have been a for­mal­ity for Sey­mour but it was a crit­i­cal quar­ter in its fight for a place in the fi­nals.

Robert­son was a clear best on ground, with his eight-goal haul for the Lions.

Robert­son at­tacked from the ground and from the sky, tak­ing some crit­i­cal pack marks and weav­ing through de­fend­ers when re­quired.

Gren­fell put in an­other su­perb per­for­mance in the ruck and in ro­ta­tion at full for­ward.

A nig­gling knee in­jury has put some lim­i­ta­tions on Gren­fell in re­cent weeks, but a string of top per­for­mances sug­gests he is back to his best.

His size and abil­ity to po­si­tion him­self in front of the pack has made him a for­mi­da­ble op­po­nent in the for­ward line.

The Lions are level on points with Shep­par­ton and Be­nalla but trail both sides by per­cent­age.

With the un­de­feated Kyabram and in-form Euroa still to come, the Lions’ next two weeks are cru­cial.

Sey­mour will face an im­prov­ing Mooroopna away from home this week be­fore re­turn­ing to Kings Park to face an equally chal­leng­ing Shep­par­ton United.

Score: Sey­mour 22.20 (152) d Tatura 9.8 (62)

Goals: H. Robert­son 8; B. Gren­fell 4; L. Waite, R. Scopel, J. Fal­cone 2; H. Wheeler, R. Clarke, B. Le Cerf, B. Ryan.

Best: H. Robert­son, B. Gren­fell, D. Scopel, H. Wheeler, B. Col­bert, J. Hock­ley.

A force to be reck­oned with:

Look­ing for op­tions:

Off the boot:

Got it: Bran­dyn Gren­fell wins the tap. Pic­tures: Lewis Fis­cher

Just in time: Ben Clifton gets a kick away be­fore his marker takes him

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