Youth steps up Young guns showing their mettle

August 05, 2017

Seymour has leapfrogged into third position after some favourable results and a scrappy but convincing 57-point win against Mooroopna.

Kicking with a six-goal breeze, the Lions were quick off the mark through Ben Clifton, but it was Mooroopna who probably got the better of the quarter.

The Cats, who’ve found some good form in recent weeks, held Seymour to just three goals for the quarter, an admirable effort considering the conditions.

Hugh Robertson looked like he might repeat his eight-goal haul which he kicked against Tatura, with two goals to end the first quarter and a third to open the second.

Kicking against the wind was a challenge in the second term and Seymour slowed its pace, leading by just 23 points at half-time.

Mooroopna kicked three of the first four goals of the third quarter, bringing the game back to within 10 points.

But then came the charge of the Lions, which kicked six of the next seven goals to build a 40-point lead.

Jake O’Brien was instrumental in his return to Seymour colours.

The Port Melbourne-listed gun used his week off from VFL duty wisely, kicking the last three goals of the game and four in total for the Lions.

Seymour finished strongly to secure its fourth consecutive win.

‘‘It was good to make it four in a row and build some momentum at the right time of the year’’ Colbert said.

‘‘Looking at our past four weeks, our forward line is functioning the best it ever has.’’

Colbert also praised the young trio of O’Brien, Jordan Hockley and Jack Murphy for their positive influence on the game.

‘‘They’re probably our three youngest players and they were probably our three best on the weekend,’’ he said.

‘‘It gives you a lot of confidence when your young players are having such a big influence on the game.’’

Colbert said that it was unlikely that they would see O’Brien in Seymour colours again this season but it’s nice to have him in the side when he is available.

The top six is looking tight and Seymour will need to continue its good run of form if it’s to take its place in the finals.

That begins this week against Shepparton United.

‘‘We’ve got a lot to play for so we’ll be taking them very seriously this week,’’ Colbert said.

‘‘United obviously won’t be playing finals this year but I don’t care where you are on the ladder, you’ve always got something to play for and this week will be no different for them.’’

Colbert said his focus is just on United this week but with Kyabram and Euroa to come, some finals-level football is in store for Seymour before the end of August.

‘‘Our finals campaign pretty much starts after the bye, and that’s what I’ll be telling the boys,’’ Colbert said.

Seymour will host Shepparton United at Kings Park on Saturday.

Score: Mooroopna 7.8 (50) lt Seymour 16.11 (107).

Goals: J. O’Brien, R. Scopel 4; H. Robertson 3; M. O’Keefe 2; J. Hockley, B. Grenfell, B. Clifton.

Best: J. Hockley, J. Murphy, A. Sturgess, J. O’Brien, D. Scopel, B. Ryan.

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