Seymour gained a much-needed 78-point win against Shepparton Swans at home, lifting after a rough week.
With star midfielder Jason Cole ruled out for the year with a torn hamstring, coach Brent Colbert said the side was showing some resilience.
‘‘It’s been a tough month, we’ve lost three out of four, had a good win against Benalla, but we lost to Euroa, lost to Ky and lost to Echuca and we weren’t playing great footy,’’ Colbert said.
‘‘Obviously we had the news with Jase and we sort of discussed it during the week and we’ve got no-one else coming in, so improvement has to come from within the group and individuals.
‘‘I felt a lot of individuals did step up, no-one is coming back from injury and (Andrew) Sturgess is in and out with his (VFL) commitments, what we’ve got is reserves who can start putting the pressure on senior blokes.’’
Saad Saad put any distractions to the back of his mind on Saturday to boot nine majors, just one of 10 of the Lions goal kickers.
Colbert snared a rare goal as did Brent Ryan, while Brandyn Grenfell (three), James Falcone (two) and Jake Anderson (two) were all multiple goal kickers.
Jack Murphy produced his best performance of the year as Seymour led by 21 points at the first break.
‘‘We were playing some really good football, the effort was there and we were really strong at the contest and tackled really well,’’ Colbert said.
‘‘We were using the footy more efficiently than what we did against Echuca, which was our focus going into the game, but in the second quarter we went away from it all.’’
The Swans were motivated by their first win of the season against Tatura last round and a goal to Jordan Gattuso to begin the third term had his side within 13 points.
But a missed mark in the Swans’ attack resulted in Grenfell snaring a goal to pull the game back in the Lions’ favour.
From that point, Seymour took charge as Paul Griffiths’ side struggled with limited rotations.
Nick Calandro (knee) was sidelined from the first quarter as Jayden Clarke (broken wrist) followed, with Jimmy Bennett (knee) and Quade Johnstone (hip/groin) battling to play out the game.
‘‘We defended really well and 10 minutes into the third quarter when the scores were only 12 points apart they’d had a dozen more entries inside 50 than us, but we held up really well in defence and scrapped and took our chances,’’ Griffiths said.
‘‘They just kicked away in the end and we couldn’t defend the way we wanted to given the injuries we had.’’
BJ Squire continues his best-and-fairest winning form with Griffiths lauding the commitment of the young star.
‘‘As a coach I just value so much the work he puts in week in, week out, he just runs himself into the ground,’’ he said.
Dylan Kerr and Nathan Terlich also toiled hard for the Swans, but the added experience and class of Murphy, Falcone, Colbert and Saad shone through.
Seymour scored seven goals to the Swans’ one major in the final term to continue its hold on fifth position.
Seymour 5.3, 9.3, 15.8, 22.11 (143)
Shepparton Swans 2.0, 6.2, 9.4, 10.5 (65)
Seymour: Jack Murphy, James Falcone, Saad Saad, Brent Colbert, Rory Scopel, Jordan Hockley.
Shepparton Swans: BJ Squire, Dylan Kerr, Andrew Riordan, Nathan Terlich, Jared Service, Chris Cullinan.
Seymour: Saad Saad 9, Brandyn Grenfell 3, James Falcone 2, Jake Anderson 2, Hugh Robertson, Brent Colbert, Rhys Clarke, Rory Scopel, Brent Ryan, Ben Clifton
Shepparton Swans: Jordan Gattuso 3, Nathan Terlich 3, Jimmy Bennett 2, Billy Cooper, Dylan Kerr