Lions trip over Saints’ haloes

By Meg Saultry

A poor second term was once again a determining factor in Seymour’s round 14 loss to Benalla.

Greater effort after the main break had the loss capped at 38 points, but Seymour coach Ben Clifton was not pleased with what he had seen across the day.

‘‘We just got killed in the midfield, Benalla dominated in the midfield all day and that gave them first use and marks inside 50,’’ Clifton told the Shepparton News.

‘‘We were very poor in the first quarter and they got the jump. They kept piling on the goals in the first quarter, and it started in the midfield, it was clearance after clearance.’’

The Lions kicked the first goal of the day, but it was the only time they boasted the lead.

They soon trailed by 18 points at quarter-time though could have considered themselves lucky after Benalla kicked 3.6.

But it was Benalla’s six-goal-to-one effort in the second term, that set up the match-winning lead for the visitors.

The Lions improved their attacking and defensive efforts in the second half, but could only wrestle the margin back a goal each quarter.

Seymour defenders Kier Bol and Hamish Winter-Irving were their side’s best, with Bol holding Saints spearhead Brody Webster to one goal.

Seymour drops to fifth after the loss, and with a trip up the road to Euroa next on its to-do list, it’ll want no excuses for not replicating its 64-point win over the Magpies from earlier in the season.

Final score: Seymour 6.5 (41) def by Benalla 11.13 (79)

Goals: H. Wade, M. Waite, J. Wooster, J. Anderson, B. LeCerf, T. Hedley

Best: K. Bol, H. Winter-Irving, A. Johnston, J. Cole, D. Scopel, B. Rigoni

●Seymour’s reserves came away with a tight seven-point win against Benalla, to hold stead with the top of the ladder. Liam Hockley kicked the match-winner in the 12th minute of the final term, while Tom Martin was earlier sent off with a yellow card.

Tom McConville was best afield in the win, with Nick Clydesdale and Joel Durham kicking two goals apiece.