Seymour ressies book ticket to big dance, as thirds progress to prelimBy Meg Saultry
Seymour has booked its spot in the GVL reserves grand final after holding on for a nine-point win over Echuca in the semi-final on Saturday.
Inaccuracy cursed the Murray Bombers early as the Lions steamed ahead to a 20-point lead at the first change. However, their rivals soon charge back to make it an eight-point ball game at half-time.
The Lions were again most effective with the ball in the third term, but the Murray Bombers etched back another two minor scores ahead of the final change.
But it was Seymour who stood up to the pressure of a final quarter showdown, kicking 3.1 to Echuca’s 2.4, including a Michael Bradbury goal in the final minutes to seal the win and, with it, a spot in the grand final.
Dylan Hockley was judged best on ground in the win, while Max Jones was again the Lions’ best goalkicker on the day with three. He was supported Bradbury, Harley Taylor-Lloyd, Joel Durham and Liam Hockley, who each kicked two majors.
Seymour will face the winner of Sunday’s preliminary final between Echuca and Euroa.
The grand final will be played at Deakin Reserve on Sunday, September 22.
Final score: Seymour 11.4 (70) d Echuca 8.13 (61)
Seymour goalkickers: M. Jones 3, M. Bradbury 2, H. Taylor-Lloyd 2, J. Durham 2, L. Hockley 2.
Seymour best: D. Hockley, J. Durham, H. Taylor-Lloyd, S. Feery, D. McLarty, N. Clydesdale.
Seymour's under-18s also won their semi-final at the weekend, progressing through to the third week of finals with a commanding 88-point win over Kyabram.
Seymour banged home two goals through Hudson Kaak and Alick Nai before Kyabram could even blink, while Nai slotted another to make sure the Lions took a handy six-point lead in to quarter-time.
But it was in the next hour that the Lions took control of the contest, kicking nine unanswered goals across the second and third terms to build a match-winning 63-point lead ahead of the final stanza.
Kyabram's Ethan Palma-Ludeman goaled in the opening five minutes of the fourth term to give his side some respite, but the Lions continued to put the foot on the throat and extended their winning margin to 88 points.
Dylan Cook was again the star for the Lions, notching up his eighth best on ground effort in 12 games with the under-18s this season, and joined Kaak and Nai in kicking three goals apiece.
The Lions will now face Mooroopna in a preliminary final this Sunday at Deakin Reserve, with the first bounce set for 10am.
Final score: Seymour 17.9 (111) d Kyabram 3.5 (23)
Seymour goalkickers: H. Kaak 3, A. Nai 3, D. Cook 3, J. Alford 2, B. Rigoni, S. Durham, K. Grant, C. Murray, M. Conlan, N. Beattie.
Seymour best: D. Cook, N. Beattie, H. Jones, J. Turvey, M. Conlan, C. Salmon.