Having just notched up its third consecutive win and fourth for the season, Seymour was hoping to continue its winning form against Mooroopna, but it wasn’t to be.
Mooroopna, sitting on the edge of the top six, proved too good, winning by 21 goals.
The Lions began reasonably well, shooting 10 goals in a tight first quarter.
Without key defender Meg Grbac, the Lions were forced to call upon Marlee Koopman to step up alongside Georgia Engel and Courtney Aldous in defence.
Koopman, who’d just played a full game in B-grade, came in to play three quarters against the tallest goal shooter in the A-grade competition.
The trio did well but couldn’t quite cut the ball off from Mooroopna’s tall goalers.
Seymour then seemed to self-destruct in the second quarter.
The Lions managed only one goal for the quarter while the Cats wasted no time in taking control of the game.
Mooroopna goaled 16 times to set up an 18-goal lead at half-time.
Seymour coach Laura Carland said it was disappointing to see her side slip into some of its old ways.
‘‘It was very disappointing in the fact that a few things went wrong and we just dropped our heads for that entire quarter,’’ she said.
‘‘We just completely let it go.’’
Seymour was desperate to turn the game around but was outdone by a strong midcourt.
In the third quarter, a far more respectable effort saw the Lions gain back some ground, but they were pushed back by Mooroopna’s dominant defensive circle.
An eight-goal-to-seven final term saw the Lions win at least one quarter, but it was too little too late for Seymour, going down 47-26.
‘‘We just weren’t able to get the right combination,’’ Carland said.
‘‘And I got it completely wrong in that second quarter.’’
Regardless, Carland will be hoping to improve next week against Shepparton United.
‘‘It was a shame that this week we fell back into those old habits and it brought us back to square one,’’ Carland said.
‘‘But we have our systems down pat, we’ve previously struggled to bring the ball out of defence and that’s something we’ve really got on top of now.’’
Seymour will also benefit from the return of Grbac who was unavailable last time they played United, along with Koopman and Aldous.
Score: Mooroopna 47 d Seymour 26.
Best: Georgia Engel, Courtney Aldous, Laura Carland.
If their last encounter was anything to go by, this game was bound to be a classic.
In round four it was Seymour who took home the spoils, and a trailblazing first quarter on Saturday saw the Lions take an early six-goal advantage with Mariah Baumann again impressive in goals.
Mooroopna bounced back in the second quarter, shooting 12 goals to Seymour’s seven and the game was well and truly in the balance at half-time.
Clinging to a slim one-goal advantage at half-time, the Lions needed to regain control but Mooroopna kept coming at them.
Marlee Koopman held down the defence alongside Georgia Velt, and both put in a superb performance.
They were instrumental in creating plenty of turnovers, but the Lions struggled against a superior Mooroopna midcourt.
When the ball got through to Baumann and Sophie Locke, both were precision perfect, but opportunities became hard to come by for the pair.
The Cats led by just two goals at three-quarter time but overwhelmed the Lions in the final quarter, stretching the margin out to six by game’s end.
Score: Mooroopna 41 d Seymour 35.
Best: Marlee Koopman, Georgia Velt, Mariah Baumann.
Seymour clung to the Cats for at least three quarters, but ultimately couldn’t keep up for the duration of the game.
After winning the first quarter 11-9, the Lions looked half a chance, but a disappointing second quarter rescinded the Lions’ lead and gave Mooroopna a five-goal half-time advantage.
The Cats continued their run in the third quarter as the Lions struggled to keep the pace.
Seymour goaled well but couldn’t break the Mooroopna defence often enough to regain lost ground.
Zoe Murray showed good decision making and proved to be a driving force in the Lions’ engine room.
There was some positives to take away for the team, despite eventually losing by 14 goals.
Score: Mooroopna 40 d Seymour 26.
Best: Zoe Murray, Sophie Gregson, Natalia Morgan.
Slow to get off the mark, Seymour struggled to find its groove until the second half against Mooroopna.
It was an tough first half of netball for the Lions, who only managed four goals in each of the first and second quarters.
The Cats were quick to capitalise, shooting 11 and then 18 goals to take a 21-goal lead into half-time.
After the break, the Lions began to turn the game around.
Maddie Pearce and Rani Curry created plenty of drive in the midcourt, and Chloe Locke and Madison Albers were accurate in goals to help chase down the half-time deficit.
Sophie Locke paired well with Matisse Clarke and Sarah Waite in defence to shut down the Cats and win the second half.
Score: Mooroopna 45 d Seymour 31.
Best: Sophie Locke, Madelaine Pearce, Sarah Waite.