Tatura coach Jamason Daniels was scathing of his side’s 90-point capitulation against Seymour.
The warning signs were there early in the Goulburn Valley League contest at Kings Park, with the Lions having four goals on the board in no time.
It did not get better from there for the Bulldogs, with Seymour attempting to put a cricket score on the board with 42 scoring shots.
‘‘It was borderline embarrassing. Seymour came out strongly and our boys didn’t come to play,’’ Daniels said.
‘‘We gave nothing and the really disappointing part is we didn’t lift the effort at all.
‘‘One thing we’ve been really good on this year is matching the opposition with effort, but Seymour kicked those goals in the first quarter against the breeze and the alarm bells were ringing then.
‘‘I tried to give the boys a rev up at quarter-time, but that didn’t work and it was one of the worst games I’ve been apart of.’’
Daniels said his team could not just accept it and move on, with players to watch footage of the game at training tomorrow.
‘‘We’ll be showing some of the efforts that weren’t acceptable. We can’t just brush aside a performance like that.’’
It was a dirty day for the Dogs, with star veteran Linc Wellington involved in an incidental clash with Seymour star Ben Clifton in the first quarter.
There was contact to Wellington’s face, with the former Dogs coach suffering a possible fractured eye socket, meaning he may not play again this season.
Tatura was without a fit player on the bench in the final quarter, with Liam Borrelli (groin) and Aidan Maher (hamstring) suffering injuries.
Rian McGough stood out with three goals, as did Mitch Elliott, while young gun Tristan Castle had a breakout senior game with two majors.
Castle’s performance was all the more impressive considering he played with a broken finger.
Another positive for Tatura was key players Tim Lanyon, Jaydan Thewma and Sean Martin easing back from injury in the reserves.
Seymour just keeps on getting the job done, despite being without Jason Cole and Brett Meredith, along with retired star forward Saad Saad.
He made his name as a defender in 2015, but Hugh Robertson had his best game as forward for the Lions with an eight-goal haul.
Robertson and ruckman Brandyn Grenfell got a formidable combination going up forward, with the latter slotting four goals.
Dylan Scopel, Harrison Wheeler, coach Brent Colbert and Jordan Hockley all put in top performances.
The Lions sit in fifth on the ladder with a 10-4 record and have cellar-dwellers Mooroopna and Shepparton United to come in the next two weeks, putting them in reach of a double chance.