Lions in charge Dominant win against Shepparton United

August 12, 2017

Harrison Wheeler gets his fingertips to the ball while Ben Clifton anticipates his next move.

Brent Colbert takes off with the ball from half back.

Andrew Sturgess collects the ball in the back pocket and moves the ball out of defence.

Seymour was dominant for four quarters in its win against Shepparton United.

Some shaky shots on goal from the Lions kept United in the game, despite being held to just two points in the first quarter.

The Lions scored three majors but squandered seven other chances that went wayward for a behind.

Rory Scopel broke Seymour’s misfiring hoodoo with a goal at the 13-minute mark of the opening term.

As the rain set in, both sides had to adapt to the changing conditions.

Players struggled to keep their feet in the patches of water forming on the Kings Park playing surface.

United was much more competitive in the second quarter, scoring twice to bring the game back to within three goals.

A late one from Billy Cox, who’s found some form of late, cancelled the Demons’ efforts out at the other end, stretching Seymour’s lead back out to 23 points at the long break.

As the rain cleared, Seymour was able to put on a more assertive performance.

Dylan Scopel was brilliant in defence but suffered a nasty head clash part-way through the third quarter.

Scopel looked dazed as he lay flat on the ground and he left the field with a blood nose shortly after.

Scopel recovered to round out one of his best performances of the year.

The Lions regained a bit of their running game to find a 36-point gap by three-quarter time.

‘‘We were just not really playing our brand of football in the first half,’’ coach Brent Colbert said.

‘‘It was promising that Jake Anderson had four shots on goal in his first quarter back in senior football.’’

Colbert also praised Scopel and Brent Ryan for their work in holding down the defence.

VFL-listed Jake O’Brien enjoyed another stint in Lions colours and contributed well to Seymour’s potent forward line.

Andrew Sturgess put in another consistent top-level effort for the Lions.

Having scored just eight goals in the first three quarters, the Lions were eager to find their scoring boots, and they put on a show and booted seven goals in the last quarter, much to the delight of Colbert and the home fans.

‘‘It was good to get five in a row and put ourselves in a good position prior to the bye,’’ Colbert said.

The Lions will take a well-earned break before taking on Kyabram and then Euroa.

‘‘I’ve told our boys that our finals series starts after the bye,’’ Colbert said.

‘‘It’ll be nice to secure a top two spot but we just have to keep playing good football.’’

The Lions will want to forget their 82-point loss to Kyabram in round six. They’ll have no room for error against the league leaders, who remain undefeated.

Score: Seymour 15.14 (104) d Shepparton United 3.6 (24).

Goals: J. Anderson, B. Clifton, H. Robertson, B. Grenfell, R. Scopel, B. Cox 2; A. Hay, J. Falcone, J. O’Brien.

Best: D. Scopel, A. Sturgess, B. Ryan, B. Cox, B. Colbert, H. Robertson.

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