Juniors committed to winning games

May 11, 2018

Skaife Brock. Pictures: Wayne Aldous

Holly Bender

Mitchell Fletcher. Picture: Mick Hunter

Seymour Junior netball

Under-11 Red

The girls really stepped up their intensity and were far more systematic than even a week ago. It’s amazing what a difference some game experience will make. Evelyn showed great judgement and execution of her passes to team mates when playing centre and really applied herself to the task.

Georgia played a terrific game in defence, and teaming with Matilda was able to slow down the opposition’s ability to score through effective pressure. Matilda also spent some time further up the court and her dash and ferocity was amazing.

Tahlia was also heavily committed to winning the ball through the centre and demonstrated great courage. Harper and Chloe were both fantastic and showed a growing maturity in their approach and great execution of their skills. Both girls were able to move themselves into positions that were to their team mates’ advantage in order to receive meaningful passes.

All the girls contributed to the team’s performance and showed great teamwork and enthusiasm throughout the game.

Under-11 Purple

In what was an exciting and hard-fought game in Kilmore, Seymour Purple took on a seasoned Kilmore Navy. Both teams showed determination and passion, while playing a great game this week.

The captain for this week was Chloe, who along with Molly showed great team work around the goals.

Molly had great pace while Chloe’s height and skill enabled her to score the team’s much needed goals.

Oliver and Sophie look to have found their positions this week in defence by keeping Kilmore to three goals in the second quarter and goalless in the third.

While Paige, Ruby and Brielle controlled the middle of the court applying what they learned at training to the game.

Seymour Purple ended up going down by 10 points to a skilled Kilmore team but I could not be more proud of the team and how much they have improved and come together, especially when five of the seven players have never played netball before. Well done team and thanks to the umpires.

Under-13 Yellow

From the first centre pass we could tell it was going to be another fast paced game, with St Pats getting the first three goals. Our girls rose to the challenge and with Kayla doing an awesome job as centre and captain, Seymour got their first spirit-lifting goal.

Tillie and Tahlia from Under-11s Red were amazing filling in for Ruby and Sonya and coped really well with the speed of the game.

Our defence made up of Mackenzie, Tiffany and Tillie worked tirelessly to prevent St Pats’ goals. Our shooters Lexie, Abbie and Molly were fantastic with their accuracy and their determination was reflected with the final score being 10-14 with St Pats Blue taking the win in a hard fought game.

Under-16 Black

The team had settled into their positions nicely but they worked out quickly it was going to be a fast paced game against an experienced opposition. The smallest mistakes costing us dearly, handing over possession of the ball made it harder to recover against such a skilled opponent. Seymour encouraged each other to keep pushing on, to apply strong defense but it wasn’t enough, enabling Kilmore to walk away with the win. This game will give us plenty to work on in our next training session as the team continues to develop.

Under-10 football

Due to our large number of players, there are weeks when our team is rotated into the opposition to help balance game numbers.

It needs to be said that these players take on the challenge of playing for the other team without complaint and really commit to whatever scenario the day brings. It is true credit to the players and their attitude the game itself.

Seymour Under 10s are improving every week and this showed today. The efforts and willingness to listen and learn at training is apparent each week on game day.

Under-16 football

We travelled to Wandong for an early start undermanned, and early on it showed with both sides playing 16 a side and us with no rotation. It was always going to be a hard day at the office.

We started the second quarter at four goals apiece and had a real match on our hands against the bottom side that played like any side we have played this season — wanting the ball and with a desire to win.

The third quarter went from bad to worse for the young Lions with players coming off one after the other. At one point we had 12 playing and one was receiving treatment on the ground.

In the last quarter we kicked the first two goals and the boys seemed to be up and about. But it’s always difficult as coaches to deal with such adversity. Our hands were tied.

Goals: Codie Kipping 7, Mitchell Fletcher 2, Zayde MacLeod, Joel Baumann, Brady Cleveland.

Best: Codie Kipping, Mitchell Fletcher, Zayde MacLeod, Jonah Hackwill and Brady Cleveland.

Scores: Seymour 12.9.81; Wandong 15.13.103.

St Mary’s junior football


The Under-10 footballers kicked off with dash and dare against a well suited Alexandra team who showed the same hunger for play. While every youngster played well, there was some great efforts from Owen Jenkins, Hamish Mellville, Ollie Fulton and Ryan Lindner.


The under-12 footballers were hard pressed at the start with a strong Alexandra squad who possessed some talented speedsters with great skills.

While the scoreline was a great result for the Alexandra kids, the Sainters battled hard all through the game, but were unfortunately unable to post majors.

Best for Saint Mary’s: Charlie D’Orria, Sam Manchester, Eric Parker, Blake Trodd and Harry Martin.


Another fantastic win to our boys, this time against Alexandra.

Plenty of goals and the defenders were rarely challenged.

Will Weeks (Highlands Joinery award) had a ripper game constantly rebounding the Alexandra attacks.

Lewis Lubeck (DBG Concepts award) played the small forward role perfectly snagging four goals while applying plenty of forward pressure.

Sam Thompson (Loan Gallery award) was everywhere taking fine marks, tackling, and peppering the goals.

These guys were well supported by Hugh Smith who owned his wing, and Tyler Ryan looked menacing around the flanks.

Final scores: 19.14.128 to 1.0.6.

Big thanks to helpers and sponsors. Without you guys there’s no game.


After going down to the Lions last week, and with captain Matty Collard out due to concussion from the previous week, the Saints were determined to make amends and prove their worth to each other.

Alexandra had other ideas though, and to their credit matched it against the Sainters in the first quarter with good pressure and team play.

The second quarter was better for the boys, who increased the attack on the ball and started to find ways forward. Josh Chanloup was rucking well and his tap downs were eagerly grabbed by the centres.

Returning to the team was Hamish Mehmet, Morgan Spener, Harry Corboy and Rory Loder who fitted in well and who all contributed, and with some of the under-14s — Beau Smith, Jack Davey, Jack Glen, Regan Gardner and the talented Nic Quigg — the Sainters pressed the advantage going to half-time four goals up.

Will O’Sullivan and Tyler Best were always presenting and resourceful, with Hayden Munro bagging his first goal of the year to many cheers.

Matty Witfort managed to lay some great tackles and general pressure with James Hardman running hard all day. Sam Wyllie was excellent down back with Lachy Aldous and Ollie Lubeck getting involved in all facets of play. The Sainters eventual winners by 65 points.

Best: Ollie Lubeck, Lachy Aldous, Josh Chanloup, Tyler Best and James Hardman.


Under-12 football

A good team effort saw Tabilk earn the four points in a solid performance against Broadford.

Will Ledeux was best on ground. Jimmy Wall put on another clinic across half back for the second week in a row. A great second half by Harry Shiner. Logan Webb played his best game of the year.

Some good signs from some of the first year players today also. Jazz Smith learned that playing in front can pay dividends. Angus Nash also showed how good he can be when gets his hands on the ball. Charlotte Palmer continued to put her body on the line and looked dangerous when moved up forward. I also liked the way Oli Smyth is going about his footy. Another player to show he’s not afraid to go in and get it was Ben Morgan.

Tabilk: 5 - 4 - 34.

Broadford: 2 - 1 - 13.

Best: W. Ledeux, L. Webb, J. Wall, H. Shiner, B. Ezard, E. Reid, A. Nash, O. Smyth, J. Smith, B. Morgan, and C. Palmer.

Goals: L. Webb 2, A. Nash 1, Jazz Smith 1, E. Reid 1.

Under-14 football

Heading to Broadford is the hardest home-and-away game for the season. They were hard at the ball for the full four quarters pushing their weight around which we weren’t use to. We need to be start stepping up and taking responsibility throughout the game each week instead of relying on the same few, to push us forward and bring it home.

Murray played a fantastic game of football, not getting persuaded by the bigger bodies and hard hits, giving it back and taking the game on,

Fox-Old fought hard in and around the packs with great gets, pushing it forward, and Auld had great decision making skills, using it to his advantage moving the ball forward. Broadford’s back line was just too strong, getting out as soon as we pushed it in.

Our two ruckmen Perry and Murphy with only two games under their belts can hold their head high as well.

We would like to thank our sponsors: The Royal Mail, The Auld Family and The Coach Stop

Best on ground: A. Murray, R. Fox-Old, E. Perry.

Goals: W. Dalton 1, H. Wall 1, A. Murray 1.

Under-16 football

After a tremendous first quarter, which saw some of our best tackling for the season, Broadford overran us with their size and speed. At the end of the day, we were beaten convincingly in the second quarter only, and managed to hold our own in the remaining three.

A breakout performance by Nick Smidt as he continuously ran the ball into the forward line. Dan Mawson will also be sore after throwing his body around all day and marking as well as he ever has.

Great effort by every player as no-one gave up and kept trying until the end. Thanks also to Broadford for the use of one of their players for the day. Very much appreciated.

Awards: BoxGrove Premium Lucerne award — Dan Mawson.

Nagambie Bakery award — Nick Smidt.

Team Managers award — Corey Chapman.

Under-11 netball

What a nail biter of a game. The girls stepped it up this week and drew six-all against Broadford.

Tess had a great first game for the season and Mikayla dominated in defence, winning the award.

Zarah and Katie worked well together in goals, Larni and Georgie were pocket rockets as always.

Great game by all the girls.

Under-14 netball

The girls had a convincing win against Broadford today with Charlotte, Meg and Lara working well in the ring and goaling well. Defenders Tahlia, Olivia and Cadence along with Evie in wing defence applied great pressure in the ring and down the court taking some great intercepts. Abby played a great game in wing attack working the space and feeding the goalers well and was award the Nagambie outdoors award.

Score: Tabilk 21 Def Broadford 6.

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