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Worrying about own backyard

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April 13, 2018

Former Nagambie star Kyle Winter-Irving has already shown he is fitting in well with the new look Seymour outfit.

There was no abundance of intense opposition analysis in the lead in to Echuca’s trip to Seymour tomorrow.

Instead, Murray Bombers co-coach Simon Maddox is focused on getting its own chargers sorted early in the season.

‘‘They went deep into the finals last year and (Jason) Cole is as good as any midfielder in the comp and with (Ben) Clifton and Dylan Scopel they’re really good, so it’s about getting our own backyard right and letting them worry about us,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ll play with the utmost respect because playing Seymour at Seymour is as hard a task as any, so we’re under no illusions, particularly they are coming off a loss in round one, which is great ammunition to front up and play well in front of a home crowd.’’

The Lions were shown up against a rampant Benalla last week and Seymour coach Nick Jewell said the match showed his side was a month off hitting full match fitness.

Cole was again left to carry a heavy load for the side as the best on field, with the captain continuing to lead by example.

Nagambie recruit Kyle Winter-Irving proved his worth, while fellow recruits Aiden Adams and Alex Johnston also made their mark.

In a side that had so many changes since last year, many fans at Kings Park tomorrow will wear out The Weekender putting numbers to names.

Naturally the Lions will take time to jell, but will be desperate to avoid last week’s sluggish first three quarters.

The Murray Bombers went about their opening round game in a similar way, gradually warming in before a blistering final term helped them take the game away from Tatura.

‘‘Our last quarter was really good and that’s the brand of footy we want to play, but opposition sides won’t let you play that way every week,’’ Maddox said.

‘‘I was really happy with the pressure, but there was some poor ball use we’ll try and correct and not drop away in the pressure stakes.’’

While Echuca has enjoyed an early bye, the week off was not enough to allow Darby Henderson to regain full fitness after fighting through injury to play out the stellar win.

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