A stirring win at Moon Oval has breathed new life into Seymour’s Goulburn Valley League season.
Rochester had surged to a 20-point quarter-time lead and was well positioned for another quality win, but the Lions lifted with a brilliant second term and were too strong from there, running out a comfortable 27-point winner.
In reality, the game was always on Seymour’s terms, with inaccuracy masking its impressive first quarter.
Once it began taking chances in front of goal, it was all Seymour, and co-coach Jason Cole was thrilled with the display.
‘‘It was a bit of a slow start and we really didn’t take our opportunities,’’ Cole said.
‘‘But we dug deep and as the game went on got things on our terms — I was really proud of the effort.
‘‘We didn’t change too much, Rochy had been getting it on the outside at the stoppages and we made a note of locking it in there or releasing it on our terms. Once we started showing a bit of composure in front of goals it all went well for us.’’
A five goals to one second term was key in what Cole said was a vital win for the club’s finals chances.
‘‘(Most impressive was) the way no-one dropped their heads, we stuck at it and persisted,’’ he said.
‘‘If you look at the ladder, we’re still ninth and you can’t really afford to slip to 1-4, especially against a side like Rochy which could be around the same mark as us.’’
Bryce Scoullar was best for the Lions in his first game of the season, Kyle Winter-Irving also dynamic in a two-goal display.
Rochester coach James Flaherty said, if anything, the score flattered his side on a flat day.
‘‘We knew there was a bit of unknown surrounding them, but with Cole and (Ben) Clifton coaching they played with some real spirit and were the better side all day,’’ Flaherty said.
‘‘To be honest, the score didn’t reflect how dominant they were.
‘‘All day it felt like we were a bit flat, but that might have just been the Seymour pressure. We weren’t accountable in the midfield and lacked forward options.’’
The new-look Tigers are loaded with young talent — including Saturday’s best Jackson McEwen — and Flaherty said that explained potential bad days at the office.
‘‘We’ve been happy with our first four weeks, and with a young group it’s always possible for a few up weeks and down weeks,’’ he said.