Big day at Euroa

By Seymour Telegraph

Seymour’s netballers enjoyed a day out against Euroa on Sunday, recording wins in all five games from A-grade to the 15-and-unders.

This follows the same feat achieved the week before against Kyabram.

And this weekend the SFNC netballers are hosting a fundraising event for the Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon Campaign.

The Lions capped off a remarkable fortnight with perfect outings against both Euroa and Kyabram.

Laura Carland’s A-grade side is sitting pretty at second position in the Goulburn Valley League, but the wins have meant every other Lions team remains in finals contention at the halfway point of the season.

Seymour Lions player representative Lyndel O’Sullivan said this had been a great reward for the club after the netballers have spent months training hard and showing determination on game day.

‘‘We have now played all teams in the league and have a better idea of what we are up against, starting again with Benalla this week,’’ O’Sullivan said.

‘‘It would be amazing if we could take all teams to finals in September and in the last couple of weeks we’ve really proved to ourselves and to each other that we can win, in our teams and as a whole club. We will no doubt take this momentum and run with it and hopefully as a club continue to get the wins on the board.’’

●Seymour played a physical contest against Euroa to secure another win and maintain their grip on a top four position in the Goulburn Valley League.

While the Lions’ A-grade side have had to grind out wins against more lowly-ranked opponents in the last two weeks, the fact remains they have been beaten only twice this year.

And premierships aren’t won in June.

Seymour netted 16 goals to 12 in the first half to build a handy lead, which they extended after the break to finish with a 35-29 victory.

But Lions coach Laura Carland said there were more than 30 turnovers throughout the game and that her side did not perform to its best.

‘‘Some hesitant passing and loss of confidence in goalers saw a close game,’’ Carland said.

‘‘But some great passages of play down the court and fierce defending helped win the game.’’

At 9-2 the Lions are second on the ladder and will take on 12th-placed Benalla at home this weekend.

Best, Seymour: Sarah Douglas, Sarah Sczczykulski, Rosie O’Sullivan.

Goals, Seymour: Rebecca Beaton 18, Laura Carland 17.

●Seymour put a struggling Euroa outfit to the sword during the B-grade fixture, with Marlee Koopman’s side earning a 53-32 win.

After a competitive first quarter saw the Lions take a two-goal lead against the Magpies, the visitors stamped their authority on the game with 15-goal second quarter.

And despite losing Koopman to injury, the Lions showed great defensive pressure and scored consistently throughout the game before saving their best for the final term.

The Lions B-grade side are now fourth on the ladder with an 8-2 record (and one draw), which they will look to further improve against Benalla this weekend.

Best, Seymour: Georgia Velt, Courtney Aldous, Mariah Baumann.

Goals, Seymour: Mariah Baumann 44, Lyndel O’Sullivan 9.

●Seymour’s B-reserves grabbed an early lead against Euroa and never looked back.

The Lions set up the 36-28 win with a massive second quarter in which they outscored the Magpies by nine goals.

Emily Martin dominated the mid-court as she drove the ball into the goal ring and Sophie Gregson showed versatility in both attack and defence.

The eighth-placed B-reserves now have a must-win game against Benalla, who are one place below them on the ladder.

Best, Seymour: Emily Martin, Sophie Gregson, Georgia Gregson.

Goals, Seymour: Sophie Gregson 15, Georgia Gregson 15, Annika Sutherland 6.

●While a plucky Euroa outfit kept up with Seymour’s 17-and-under for most of the game, the Lions’ blistering second quarter was enough to secure a 41-33 win.

The Lions won that second quarter by six goals, but coach Ellie O’Sullivan said her side put in a strong team effort throughout the contest.

‘‘The girls adapted well to different combinations and backed each other up all game,’’ she said.

Lucy Zotti was a standout for the Lions in defence, O’Sullivan said, taking many intercepts to help her side win back possession.

Best, Seymour: Lucy Zotti, Bianca Schache, Olivia Barry.

Goals, Seymour: Bianca Schache 25, Sophie Locke 15, Aisha Franklin 2.

●After a tight first quarter saw Euroa and Seymour break even, the Lions blew the opposition out of the water to win by 15 goals.

The Lions’ 15-and-under side kept the Magpies under 10 goals in both the second and third quarters, while piling on 14 and 17 goals respectively.

Seymour coach Courtney Aldous said some key changes were made at the first break to keep Euroa more accountable, while a strong final term saw the Lions run out with a deserving 58-43 victory.

Best, Seymour: Bridie Cantwell, Sophie Rutherford, Ruby Martin.

Goals, Seymour: Ruby Martin 40, Bridie Cantwell 18.