Lions pride on prowl hunting Bombers

September 08, 2017

Brett Meredith will come back into the Lions' line-up if the doctors give him the all clear after he lacerated a kidney.

Seymour coach Brent Colbert believes the Lions’ flexibility gives it a golden opportunity to take down juggernaut Kyabram.

The Bombers go into tomorrow’s Goulburn Valley League second semi-final with 40 straight wins under their belt.

Paul Newman’s men are two victories away from becoming the first team in league history to win back-to-back premierships without losing a game. Despite the Bombers’ incredible streak making them one of the best teams the league has seen, Colbert said there would be no fear from his team as it heads to Rochester’s Moon Oval.

‘‘The biggest thing that stands out about them and we saw in the match against them last time is their ability to kick three or four goals really quickly,’’ Colbert said.

‘‘It’s hard to kick quick goals against them, but we’ve been able to kick some pretty big scores during this season and our forward line has been functioning pretty well.’’

Kyabram’s forward line is powerful and hard to contain, with teams seldom able to keep all the Bombers’ stars down at once.

Hayden Gemmill booted eight goals in round 18, but was well down as Kyabram defeated Shepparton last week.

But in his place, Kyle Mueller stepped up with an incredible seven-goal performance.

The Bombers also have league-leading goalkicker Kayne Pettifer, along with the dangerous Billy Burstin.

‘‘We’ve had the flexibility this year with guys being able to play on talls and small, which is really handy,’’ Colbert said.

‘‘It’s allowed us to have Matty O’Keefe go forward and he’s been the anchor of our backline for about the last seven or eight years.’’

But the Lions are sweating on the fitness of O’Keefe after he pulled up sore following the Lions’ 42-point win at Tatura last Saturday against Benalla in an elimination final.

Colbert is also in the same camp after sitting out the rest of the game with hamstring tightness.

But the Lions boss was confident he and O’Keefe, veterans of Seymour’s last premiership in 2007, would be right to run out against the Bombers.

‘‘We’ll go through fitness tests at training, but we should be right to go. We’re both not too bad,’’ Colbert said.

Former AFL player Brett Meredith is a genuine chance to play his first game since round seven in what would be a major boost for the Lions.

Meredith suffered a lacerated kidney when Seymour played Euroa in June, just before he went on a trip to Europe.

He has been training at Kings Park for the past three weeks, but needs clearance from a doctor to play.

If Meredith does take his spot, he could offer dash off a wing and across half-forward.

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