Echuca’s hopes of banking a first finals appearance in six years received a huge boost on Saturday.
The Murray Bombers claimed their first Goulburn Valley League scalp of the season after defeating Seymour by 18 points.
Their previous four victories had been against teams outside of the top six, but the Lions are considered a major threat when up and going.
The win could have been even larger had Echuca made the most of its dominance at Victoria Park.
The Murray Bombers won the inside-50 count 59 to 30 and locked the ball in their forward line for long periods, but Seymour stayed in the contest.
‘‘It was a good grind for four quarters, we just didn’t hit the scoreboard as much as we would’ve liked,’’ Echuca coach Andrew Briggs said.
‘‘We’ve just got to keep winning in the back half of the season and hopefully we continue to play a good brand of footy that will get us four points.’’
Kane Morris was outstanding in the ruck, but came off in the last quarter with an injury concern.
Morrison medallist Simon Buckley was prolific as always and was able to hit the scoreboard with two goals from the midfield.
Bart Phillips ran through the midfield to great effect, while Sam Toulmin, Jake Wilkinson and Daniel Willis stood up.
Cameron Valentine came off with knee soreness and will be monitored during the week to see if he lines up to take on Shepparton United this Saturday.
The Murray Bombers sit seventh on the ladder, only percentage behind Rochester.
It was another difficult trip to Echuca for the Lions, who have a terrible record playing in the border town.
Seymour’s chances of victory were not helped when Jason Cole was ruled out for the second week in a row with hamstring tightness.
The Goulburn Valley captain will go in for a MRI scan this week to determine the extent of the injury.
Electric veteran forward Saad Saad also did not make the trip because of Ramadan commitments.
Key players Brett Meredith, Andrew Sturgess, Jake O’Brien and Jake Anderson did not play either.
Seymour playing coach Brent Colbert said his side could not use any excuses for how it performed.
‘‘We had a few guys out, but we’re not going to harp on that because I thought there were opportunities for other guys to stand up and be counted,’’ Colbert said.
‘‘We had too many passengers and one of the messages after the game was injuries happen and it’s how you deal with them that counts.’’
Echuca 3.5 4.7 8.10 9.13 (67)
Seymour 0.2 2.3 4.7 7.7 (49)
Echuca: Kane Morris, Simon Buckley, Bart Phillips, Sam Toulmin, Jake Wilkinson, Daniel Willis.
Seymour: Brent Colbert, Matt O’Keefe, Harrison Wheeler, Dylan Scopel, Hugh Robertson, Jordan Hockley.
Echuca: Tim Allan 3, Simon Buckley 2, Ruory Kirkby 2, Cameron Valentine, Jordan Florance.
Seymour: Rhys Clarke 2, Hugh Robertson, Hugh McLean, Brandyn Grenfell, Jordan Hockley, James Falcone.