A four-goal final quarter from mercurial forward Saad Saad helped Seymour roar past Tatura on Saturday.
Saad kicked seven in total, including three consecutively in the fourth quarter, as the Lions overran the Bulldogs by 13 points at Tatura Park.
The hosts jumped out to a game-high 32-point lead at the start of the third quarter after kicking three straight majors, before Jason Cole and Ben Clifton led Seymour’s engine room to kick nine of the last 11 goals.
Tatura stalwart Linc Wellington was given the task on Saad and the veteran held his own for three quarters, restricting the forward to just three goals, but as the game wore on Saad showed his class.
‘‘What can I say? I love him, he just gets the job done,’’ the Lions’ coach Brent Colbert said.
‘‘He was very good, but fortunately for him, he was the final link in the chain and found himself on the end of some good work from the boys up the field.’’
Tatura was gallant in defeat as a pride of Lions hunted in that third term to swing the ascendancy in their favour, despite trailing by four points at three-quarter-time.
Tatura coach Jamason Daniels challenged his troops at the final break, but it was the experience of Colbert’s men that proved the difference in the end.
Bulldog Luke McGill kicked the first goal of the final quarter to extend his side’s lead to 13 points before Saad and company ran riot, kicking five of the next six goals.
‘‘They challenged us, Tatura were really good, they were well coached and they were hungry at the contest, but when things got tough in that third quarter we dug deep and came out on top,’’ Colbert said.
‘‘Our boys never dropped their head, we were down by quite a bit but we got our spread working, the midfield started to get on top and the boys down back stood up as well.’’
Sean Martin and James Sullivan were dominant inside forward 50 for the Bulldogs, kicking four and two goals respectively, as Tatura’s small forwards caused Colbert and his back six a host of problems.
Daniels addressed his troops post-game and claimed his side was just about there and could mix it with the competition’s best if they ‘‘buy in’’.
‘‘I am a pretty passionate man and I do believe that we can match it with the top sides,’’ Daniels said.
‘‘We were very impressive in that first half, we restricted Seymour, our pressure was immense and unfortunately we just fell away, but the signs are there.’’
Daniels believed second-half fadeouts were something his side needed to work on.
‘‘It was foreign territory for us, we have not been in such a position for a few years now after losing 17 straight games two years ago,’’ Daniels said.
‘‘I do not think it is a fitness thing.
‘‘But I do think it was a mental thing and Seymour showed us what good teams can do to you if you drop off mentally.’’
Tatura 3.2, 8.5, 11.5, 13.7 (85)
Seymour 4.0, 6.3, 10.7, 15.8 (98)
Adem Barolli’s Best:
Tatura: Sean Martin, Mitch Elliot, Brad Ryan, Andrew Ciavarella, Rian McGough.
Seymour: Saad Saad, Ben Clifton, Jason Cole, Dylan Scopel, James Falcone, Brent Colbert.
Tatura: Sean Martin 4, James Sullivan 2, Rian McGough 2, Zac Ballis 2, Che Walls, Luke McGill, Colby McDonald.
Seymour: Saad Saad 7, James Falcone 3, Lachlan Waite 2, Harrison Wheeler, Andrew Sturgess, Jason Cole.