Pride can only get stronger

August 07, 2017

Seymour continues to produce scintillating football without star midfielders Jason Cole and Brett Meredith.

Seymour continues to produce scintillating football without star midfielders Jason Cole and Brett Meredith.

The Lions recorded their fifth straight Goulburn Valley League win on Saturday after crushing Shepparton United by 80 points.

Brent Colbert’s side was ruthless in the second half against the Demons, slamming on 10 goals to one in a commanding display.

The pleasing thing is Cole and Meredith could be back in coming weeks after appearing to be finished for the season with serious injuries.

The Lions will rest up this week with the bye before heading into the finals with blockbusters against Kyabram and Euroa.

‘‘We started really well, it would’ve been nice if we had kicked straighter and we kept United in the game,’’ Colbert said.

‘‘It was funny, in the first half the team that didn’t have the breeze was handling it all better, but to keep United to three goals for the game was a good defensive effort.’’

Jake Anderson made a strong return to senior action after battling away in the reserves as he attempted to return fitness following a serious ankle injury in the preseason.

He finished with two goals, but he could have had up to six after missing a number of opportunities inside 50.

‘‘We’ve held him (Anderson) back after missing 10 to 12 weeks, but it’s good to have that different avenue to goal and we had a good spread of goalkickers in this game,’’ Colbert said.

‘‘We’ve got a healthy list at the moment, but we’ll have the bye, even though we weren’t hanging out for it.

‘‘We’ve been able to win five in a row, so we’ve built some strong momentum.’’

Dylan Scopel and Brent Ryan were excellent down back, with the defensive set-up working a treat for the Lions.

Andrew Sturgess was outstanding in the midfield, while Billy Cox, Colbert and Hugh Robertson were at the top of their game.

It was a difficult day for the young Demons, but Fraser Hicks made his senior debut to continue the club’s trend of giving the youth a go.

Returning former AFL player Matt Spangher was quiet, while Jye Chalcraft, Daniel Bowles, Reid Crowe, Kyle Orchard and Harrison Osborn had terrific matches.

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