Lions are putting in the hard yards

Seymour Telegraph - - SPORT - By Fraser Walker-Pearce Ben Bryant, East­ern Hills, in ac­tion with the ball dur­ing the week­end’s game against Kil­more. Pic­ture:

Pre­sea­son will re­sume this week as the Sey­mour Lions pre­pare for a tough sea­son on the field and courts, con­test­ing the Goul­burn Val­ley League.

The Lions’ prepa­ra­tions offfield started just weeks af­ter the 2018 sea­son ended in Septem­ber and, af­ter pre­sea­son train­ings were held in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber, the play­ing groups broke for Christ­mas.

Head­ing up the foot­ball team this year are co-coaches and se­nior play­ers Ben Clifton and Ja­son Cole, while the A-grade net­ball Lionesses will be run by Elle McDonald.

Newly-elected Lions pres­i­dent Ger­ard O’Sul­li­van said things were look­ing good for the club, de­spite only be­ing in the early stages of pre­sea­son.

‘‘I think the co-coaches (Clifton and Cole) will re­ally en­joy this sea­son,’’ O’Sul­li­van said.

‘‘With the res­ig­na­tion of the pre­vi­ous coach last year we’ll be fo­cus­ing quite heav­ily I ex­pect on the de­vel­op­ment side of things.

‘‘The coaches for foot­ball and net­ball have done their best to get new play­ers in, which can be a real strug­gle.

‘‘I’d ex­pect a pretty good show­ing this year, de­pend­ing on in­jury, which is the way it rolls, but I ex­pect in the five net­ball sides and three footy sides it’ll be a good year,’’ he said.

O’Sul­li­van said with a few sign­ings al­ready named, fans could ex­pect a few more for net­ball and foot­ball be­fore the sea­son got un­der way in April.

‘‘We ex­pect more sign­ings for both net­ball and foot­ball but it’s a bit dor­mant at the mo­ment. Ev­ery­one’s still on break but they’ll be onto it soon.

‘‘The fo­cus will be on de­vel­op­ment — we didn’t have an out­stand­ing sea­son last year but we can see things are im­prov­ing and it’ll be good to have a strong foot­ball and net­ball side in the town,’’ he said.

Af­ter the Lions’ re­cent an­nual gen­eral meet­ing, the fol­low­ing po­si­tions have been filled: Pres­i­dent: Ger­ard O’Sul­li­van. Vice-pres­i­dent: Dave Greg­son. Ju­nior vice-pres­i­dent: Ja­nine Cole. Sec­re­tary: Gary Brown. Trea­surer: Ann Ma­ree Greg­son. Gen­eral com­mit­tee: Craig Hock­ley, Craig Velt, Tony Best, Greg Ed­wards, Sonya Velt, Nicole Morgan, Dick Waugh, Dave Martin, Tom Martin, Janet McKen­zie, Elle McDonald, Doug McLarty, Lyn­del O’Sul­li­van.

DE­CEP­TIVE DE­LIV­ERY: Steve Huntley

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