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Lallo enjoys premiership success in GVL

By Aydin Payne

Seymour's Jess Lallo may never have played a more influential game in her life than the one she played in yesterday's Goulburn Valley League A-grade netball final.

In her first season at the club, Lallo capped off a sublime season as Seymour earned a brilliant nine-goal victory against Shepparton United.

Lallo, 21, was at the forefront of the victory with a terrific attacking game alongside her partner in crime Ellie O'Sullivan.

The dynamic duo in attack for Seymour shot extremely well when the pressure mounted in yesterday's match.

But it was Lallo's connections between playing coach Elle McDonald in the midcourt and O'Sullivan in goals that stood out in the victory.

However, it was not all smooth sailing for the first-year Lion, with Lallo missing multiple shots in the opening minutes of the match.

At one stage it looked the occasion may have got the best of the young goal attack, but her shooting partner O'Sullivan was quick to pass on some assuring words of advice.

“Being a goaler there's a lot of pressure,” Lallo said.

“At the start I was a bit shaky, but Ellie kept me level-headed and told me to just keep at it.

“And once we got focused in the game, every shot just started to fall in.”

Fall in they did, with Seymour's clinical defence and sublime attack helping secure the club's first A-grade netball premiership since 2015.

“I just can't believe it,” she said.

“Elle said we had the faith in each other, but for it to actually happen, I can't believe it's happened.

“We've worked super hard and I'm just so proud of the girls.”

The nine-goal win was Lallo's first senior premiership medal and she was left searching for words to describe the moment.

“It means everything to me,” she said.

“For all of it to come together in the way it did, it's amazing, I can't wait to celebrate.”