Seymour will be rueing a wasteful first half after they saw an opportunity go begging against Euroa in Sunday’s standalone Goulburn Valley fixture.
Despite welcoming back the VFL-listed Jack Murphy and leading goal-kicker Jake Anderson, Seymour could not keep up with Euroa, which led at every change before eventually securing a 36-point victory.
Jason Cole’s troops booted 1.9 in the first half, allowing Euroa to put plenty of scoreboard pressure on and establish an early buffer.
‘‘It never helps when you’re inaccurate. We spoke about it at half-time ... and when you’re playing quality opposition, you can’t afford to miss those chances,’’ Cole said.
‘‘The thing that probably hurt us the most was our defensive transition — we seemed to be working really hard to get our shots on goal and then just seemed to let them move the ball up the ground with speed. Whether it’s a lapse in concentration, or a bit of a breakdown in structure, we just seemed to quickly leak goals.’’
But Cole said another element in the Lions’ goal-kicking woes was the immense pressure applied by Euroa.
And for the home side, JD Hayes said it was an important win.
‘‘I was really proud of the boys all game, we won a heap of critical 50:50 contests,’’ he said.
Simon Lehmann was named Euroa’s best player in what was his last game for the club.
‘‘Simon has gotten a job in Keith in South Australia, so that was his last game with us,’’ Hayes said. ‘‘He was really good.
‘‘Peter Cairns was another, he’s only really young, but he’s going to be a star.’’
Jayden Shea (three goals) and Hayes (two) led the way in attack for the Magpies, while Ben Harrison, Andrew Bell and James Chittick were also impressive.
‘‘James has been going really well,’’ Hayes said.
‘‘For an undersized ruckman, he competes with the best of them.’’
Cole praised the leadership qualities of Jack Murphy, who normally plays for Coburg, but was one of Seymour’s best on the weekend.
‘‘We loved having him back and it would be good if we could have him for a few more games, but I’m sure he’ll be back playing VFL,’’ Cole said.
‘‘Jake Anderson was also a good leader up forward, as was Kyle Winter-Irving, who worked really hard and had a good battle with [Euroa defender] Adrian Karatzas, and down back the Scopel boys did well.’’
And with Xavier McMahon sidelined through a leg injury, Cole said Joel Durham (two goals) was impressive in taking up the rucking duties.
‘‘I think Joel probably had his best game for the club as a senior player — we were really happy with how he went in the ruck after getting thrown in the deep end this week,’’ he said.
The Lions have dropped three games off the finals pace and sit ninth on the table ahead of next week’s Kings Park clash against Benalla.
‘‘Benalla are going really well at the moment, but they’ve got a few injuries as well, so hopefully we can give them a bit of a shake,’’ Cole said.
‘‘What we want to pride ourselves on is a four-quarter effort and make sure we’re not dropping our heads because ... a lot of it is about learning this year.
‘‘If you’re having a crack for the whole game, you can get a lot out of it.’’
Euroa: 3.0, 5.5, 9.10, 11.12 (78).
Seymour: 0.5, 1.9, 3.10, 5.12 (42).
GOALS, Seymour: Joel Durham 2, Jake Anderson 1, Jack Murphy 1, Jordan Zuccala 1.
BEST, Seymour: Billy Cox, Jason Cole, Jack Murphy, Mitchell McLean, Rory Scopel, Dylan Scopel.
●A second-half fade-out cost Seymour the game in the reserves.
After trailing by just two kicks at the main break, Seymour could not manage another goal in the second half, as Euroa skipped away to a 36-point victory.
The Lions now sit third on the ladder, with one game separating them from both the second-placed Euroa, and fourth-placed Echuca.
Euroa: 2.4, 4.6, 7.11, 8.11 (59)..
Seymour: 1.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5 (23).
GOALS, Seymour: Harry McLean 2, John Green 1.
BEST, Seymour: Harry McLean, Matthew Martin, Benjamin Tampion, Dylan Baird, Daniel McLarty, Harrison Lubeck.
●While the senior sides both went down to Euroa at Memorial Oval on Sunday, Seymour’s under-18s took home four points after a dominant showing.
The Lions held a watertight defence all day, as the home side only able to register two majors.
With a commanding lead of nine goals at half-time, the Lions eventually piled on 13 goals to earn a 65-point victory and maintain their place in the top four.
Seymour: 2.4, 6.5, 10.7, 13.7 (85)
Euroa: 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 2.8 (20).
GOALS, Seymour: Kieren Binion 3, Alick Nai 2, Gareth Sharp 2, Cooper Lubeck 1, Tayte Lewis 1, Oliver Lubeck 1, Keegan Grant 1, Toby Newman 1, Joshua Alford 1.
BEST, Seymour: Dylan Hockley, Michael Quine, Keegan Grant, Kieren Binion, Willem Eager, Joshua Alford.