Seymour may have lost, but it played perhaps its most competitive game of the season to go down by just seven goals to Shepparton United.
It was a drastic improvement from the 37-goal thumping the side received the last time the two sides met in May.
Coach Laura Carland made no substitutions and led by example throughout the match.
Carland goaled well herself but was an attacking force who kept up a steady supply to goal shooter Ellie O’Sullivan.
Shepparton United was good in the first quarter, edging out to a four-goal lead, but the Seymour defence held strong through Meg Grbac and Georgia Engel.
The pair traded places at half-time and both did well to restrict the Demons to less than 10 goals in the first, third and final quarters.
The Lions picked up the pace in the second quarter thanks to an eight-goal haul from O’Sullivan.
The in-form Courtney Aldous was at her best again and fed the goalers well.
Aldous combined well with Alana Mascitti and Emily Haysom to seriously trouble United in the midcourt.
Haysom worked overtime to transfer the ball out of defence and into attack.
She was back to some of her best and played a critical anchoring role in wing defence.
The Lions pushed United at every change and in every contest despite trailing by six at half-time.
United won the third quarter by just a single goal while the Lions equalled them at eight goals a piece in the fourth.
The split round means Seymour has the week off with a bye before taking on league leaders Kyabram.
The Lions will be filled with confidence after their performance against United and will be hoping to recover from their 33-goal loss to the Bombers earlier in the season.
Score: Seymour 31 lt Shepparton United 38.
Best: Emily Haysom, Laura Carland.
Seymour couldn’t hold out against a fast-finishing Shepparton United.
The Lions matched the Demons with 11 goals in the first quarter and even took the lead at half-time.
It wouldn’t be enough to unseat United which was the better of the two sides after the break.
Seymour carelessly turned the ball over several times at the beginning of the third quarter and United was quick to punish the Lions.
Seymour looked frustrated and struggled to contain United’s aerial threat.
Lofty passes into the Demons’ goaling circle were easy pickings for the United shooter, and Seymour quickly conceded 16 goals.
After trailing by six at the final break, a strong defensive effort from Marlee Koopman and Georgia Velt held the visitors to 11 goals, equalling their previous best efforts, but the Lions couldn’t mount a fight back.
Seymour struggled to create chances for its goalers, and the Lions could convert only six times, finishing the match with an 11-goal deficit.
Score: Seymour 38 lt Shepparton United 49.
Best: Mia Feery, Lyndel O’Sullivan.
It was a hard day at the office for Seymour which suffered a humiliating 57-goal thrashing at the hands of Shepparton United.
The Lions managed just 14 goals for the entire match, one less than United’s first quarter total.
Seymour was beaten in all areas of the court as they conceded more than 15 goals in every quarter.
The Demons moved the ball quickly through the midcourt and the Lions struggled to maintain or win possession.
United pounced on the rebounds and applied great defensive pressure on the Lions.
It was a learning experience for the Lions who scored only one goal to United’s 20 in the third quarter.
Seymour made marginal improvements by the fourth quarter, shooting a game-high six goals and holding the visitors to just 17.
Score: Seymour 14 lt Shepparton United 71.
Best: Brodie Gunton, Georgia Gregson.
Seymour got off on the wrong foot against Shepparton United.
The Lions conceded 15 goals in the first quarter against a mature and well-drilled United which was unlikely to allow Seymour room to make mistakes.
The side worked hard to slow their visitors down, and they kept them to their lowest score in the second quarter.
United built on its lead significantly in every quarter after that, leaving Seymour with little chance of recovery.
Score: Seymour 20 lt Shepparton United 59.
Best: Rani Curry, Chloe Symons.