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Odds constantly in favour

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July 21, 2017

Up in the air: United's Sam Nash marks out in front of Seymour's Adrian Mccarthy

Seymour keeps defying the odds.

The Lions have lost their three best players through injury and retirement, but are still ticking off the wins.

The last victories have been some of the club’s best in recent Goulburn Valley League history, with Brent Colbert’s side overhauling a 44-point deficit.

Colbert knows his side can’t afford to give a buoyant Tatura team that sort of start at Kings Park tomorrow.

‘‘We gave Mansfield a seven-goal head start last week and we were able to grind our way into it,’’ Colbert said.

‘‘It could’ve been easy for the boys to leave it to someone else, but we bounced back well and then held on in the last quarter when we were spent because you use a lot of energy trying to play catch up.’’

Seymour has just one forced change for this clash, with key midfielder Andrew Sturgess required for coaching commitments in the VFL.

Adrian McCarthy is his replacement.

Big man Brandyn Grenfell is coming off a sensational game up forward and in the ruck, while long-time defender Matt O’Keefe has been used further up the ground in a bid for more scoring potency.

Saad Saad’s retirement and Jake Anderson on the sidelines injured means the Lions are robbed of two classy forward options.

In the Bulldogs’ camp, Jamason Daniels’ team can head down the Goulburn Valley Hwy with confidence after snapping a 10-game losing streak.

Tatura started poorly against Mooroopna, before running away with a 34-point victory.

Daniels said he had noticed a different atmosphere around the club.

‘‘We had our ball on Saturday night after the win and it was a good feeling,’’ Daniels said.

‘‘It’s still been positive throughout the whole year, but you play to win and everything is a bit better after a win.’’

Zavier Ballis comes out of the side, with former Murchison gun Jamie Jones to add another senior game to his tally at the Dogs after a dominant display in the reserves last week.

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