The Benalla Saints were fed to the Lions on Saturday, as home side Seymour ran away with a convincing 44-point victory.
The Saints were without goal-kicking machine Jarrod Bannister, as he is out for another three to four weeks with a broken wrist.
Without playing in the match, Bannister slipped from the top of the league’s goal kicking standings to equal second.
Bannister is now level with Seymour’s Saad Saad as he bagged three against the Saints, while Kyabram’s Kayne Pettifer also kicked three to overtake Bannister.
Saints centre half-forward Nick Warnock played in his 100th match for the club, but his teammates could not make the game a happy memory for the centurion — although Warnock did boot four goals during the match.
Head coach Luke Morgan’s pre-season aim was to see the Saints play finals footy and said if the side could win 12 or 13 of the 18 regular season matches, qualifying for finals should not be a problem.
Morgan said the side was ‘‘not even looking’’ at the potentially season-defining match against Kyabram on June 24 yet.
‘‘We’ve got to get across this weekend first — Shepparton United will be a challenge, if we turn up with the same intent as we did on Saturday, we will lose, simple as that,’’ Morgan said.
‘‘We have to play well every weekend. Even the lower-ranked sides will beat you on their day if you don’t.’’
After eight rounds in the Goulburn Valley Football League, the Saints sit in fourth with six wins and two losses.
The side is equal on 24 points with third-placed Shepparton and fifth-placed Seymour.
Ahead of those sides are Euroa with seven wins and a loss; and the yet undefeated Kyabram.
Round nine sees the Saints take on 10th-placed Shepparton United at the Benalla Showgrounds at 2pm on Saturday.
But the big match is still yet to come for the Saints — the side will take on Kyabram on June 24 away at Kyabram Recreation Reserve.
Meanwhile in the under-18s Saints match, Benalla travelled to Seymour looking for another win.
In a match that was very one sided, Benalla dominated across the ground with all players contributing.
Benalla went into the game without a bench and finished the game with only 17 players on the ground.
Final score was Benalla 18.15.123 defeated Seymour 4.4.28.
Best players for the Saints were B. Macdonald, J. Dunne, R. Johnson, J. Kioses, T. Rigby, and M. Marriott.