Lions take control
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