Seymour to once again be a major player

April 09, 2018

Giving her all: Rochester's Maddy Eggleston lines up a shot as one of her side's best in the Tigers loss to Shepparton.

Seymour has firmly thrown its hat in the ring as a finals contender with a stirling opening round win.

The Lions travelled to Benalla without any expectations of what a new-look Saints side would produce, but took the game by storm to win 53-26.

Seymour scored prolifically in the first term, making its way to 19 goals while keeping Benalla quiet.

Restricting the home side to seven goals was made even more remarkable by the absence of Elle McDonald and Sarah Szczykulski.

After a year away from Seymour, the dominant defensive pair was busy contesting the mixed netball championships in Sydney.

But the side stayed stable, helped by supremely accurate shooting.

Benalla’s Chloe Hill was hit by an influx of ball in the defensive end, but never faulted, consistently jumping at any chance.

Still the Lions pushed on, maintaining a 17-goal lead at the main break before increasing the winning total to 27.

●Shepparton United put its first win of the season on the board as it aims to slowly build to its best in a similar fashion to last year.

After being unable to gather four points in a demanding opening match against Shepparton, the Demons easily accounted for a young Euroa side that will need time to develop.

The Magpies were consistent in their scoring, but only averaged seven goals a quarter, while in contrast Di Hanslow’s side was moving at a rate of more than 15 goals a term.

Still Jas Trotter kept up the fight for the Magpies as she returned for her first A-grade match following a knee injury, while veteran Kelly Hill and Jenna Langham were positive influences on the side in the 28-62 loss.

Shepparton Swans overcame some opening round rust before moving to a 25-goal defeat of Mansfield.

With some new players on the court, the Swans needed time to adjust before tearing away in the second quarter by shooting 13 goals to six.

Running out the final term strongly, Jana Bruinier’s side posted a 49-24 win and a fresh Tatura awaits next week.

Rochester would be pleased with its efforts in an away match against a mighty Shepparton side.

Going down by 15 goals against the Bears, Maddy Eggleston was formidable alongside playing coach Linda Rasmussen and Eloise Cuttriss, who also produced strong games to open their year.

But Shepparton’s domination in the goal circle became too much for the Tigers, with Kim Commane gathering the nod as best-on-court and Steph Gorrie was not far behind.

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