Good start key to success

September 09, 2017

Ben Clifton kicks a goal for Seymour.

Xavier McMahon wins a ruck contest.

Rory Scopel holds the mark under pressure.

Jake Anderson kicked five goals for the day.

Hugh Robertson bursts through the pack.

Ben Clifton flys for a mark.

Brandyn Grenfell takes a strong mark.

Solving Seymour’s cold starts will be key to conquering Kyabram in Saturday’s semi-final.

Lions coach Brent Colbert made no attempts to hide his disappointment in the way his side started against Benalla.

‘‘We were in a pretty tough situation there at half-time, nothing was really going our way,’’ Colbert said.

‘‘All credit to Benalla — they came out a lot harder than us and used the ball a lot better than us. They probably should have been a lot further up at half-time.’’

Colbert said it wasn’t a matter of changing the position of his players or moving magnets around on the whiteboard, but a matter of the players changing their attitudes.

Colbert was right and in the second half the team bounced back.

‘‘If we start like we did on the weekend against Ky, then we’ll be 10 goals down by half-time,’’ Colbert said.

‘‘We need to start well.

‘‘We understand it’s going to be a very physical game as well. Watching them against Shepparton and when we played them in round 17, they were very physical.

‘‘We’ve just got to match their physicality and get our offensive game going as well.’’

Seymour has sometimes been criticised for relying too much on confidence and struggling to perform when the scoreboard is against it.

Great leadership from the Lions’ senior and more experienced players was what turned the game around on Saturday.

‘‘Jason Cole definitely sparked us in that second half,’’ Colbert said.

‘‘When we released him into the midfield I think everyone got a glimpse of what a bit of the old Jason Cole is all about.

‘‘Benny Clifton really stood up in that second half as well.

‘‘But it just had to happen. We needed our leaders to stand up in the second half and they certainly did that.’’

Seymour is now just one win away from a grand final berth. It takes on Kyabram at Rochester’s Moon Oval on Saturday.

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