Only one option

July 14, 2017

Seymour veteran Matt O'Keefe has shifted from defence to the forward line since Saad Saad's sudden retirement.

Tomorrow is a must win game for Mansfield if it is any chance of playing Goulburn Valley League finals.

The Eagles, who sit in eighth and three wins outside the top six, host an inconsistent Seymour side.

Cameron Hotton’s men have won their past two games against Tatura and Mooroopna, with midfielders Brett Mahoney and Tom German leading the way.

‘‘They have been super all season, they have built a really good relationship and I feel they will only get better the more games they play together,’’ Hotton said.

The Eagles will need to win and hope results fall in their favour if they aim to play finals.

‘‘We will continue to believe we can play finals while we still are a mathematical chance to feature,’’ Hotton said.

‘‘We just have to continue to try and win and play a consistent brand of football across four quarters.’’

However, the Eagles are yet to beat a team inside the top six this season and with the Lions in fifth position, they will need to buck that trend.

Meanwhile, Seymour won its first five games of the season, but has since failed to secure consecutive victories.

‘‘It is something we need to work on, I feel the last three weeks have been really good for us and we are building in the right direction,’’ Colbert said.

‘‘Since the Echuca game (in round nine), I think we have been playing good football and the first quarter (against Rochester) last week was probably the best we have played in a long time.’’

The Lions enjoyed a 39-point success against the Tigers and Colbert said his side had been efficient going forward, despite some changes.

Matt O’Keefe has been thrown forward since the sudden retirement of Saad Saad, while Ben Clifton and Hugh Robertson have also provided attacking options.

‘‘I don’t know if you know Matty, but he is just a competitive best, you know what you’re going to get from him,’’ Colbert said.

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