Pride wounded, but Lions still too good

June 04, 2018

Almost three men down and Seymour was still able to belt Mooroopna by 64 points at Kings Park on Saturday.

Almost three men down and Seymour was still able to belt Mooroopna by 64 points at Kings Park on Saturday.

The first injury came moments into the game when playing coach Ben Clifton was forced to the sideline with a knee injury.

Bryce Scoullar and Alex Lockett also went down with hamstring injuries, with the depleted list leading to Clifton returning to the field in the second half, but he was hampered as he sat at full-forward.

But Clifton’s co-coach Jason Cole was best afield yet again as the Lions began with a stirling eight goals to one in the first quarter.

It was a welcome change for Cole after Seymour conceded a 24-point lead to Tatura early in last week’s game and was never able to recover.

‘‘It was a big focus to start well, the last few weeks we let sides in early, especially Rochester comes to mind as well as Mansfield and when Tat came out of the blocks and kicked the first four or five goals and we were playing catch up,’’ Cole said.

But along with injuries to Seymour, the Cats upped their effort kicking the next five straight goals, which included keeping the home side scoreless after such a blistering start.

‘‘I think we just got a little bit ahead of ourselves and pressure is our biggest barometer and we went away from that, in the second quarter we didn’t have much of the footy,’’ Cole said.

Mooroopna kicked the first goal of the third term, but after the Lions regrouped at half-time, they again hit the Cats with what they produced in the opening term.

‘‘I think at half-time we just went through some things and tried to put it behind us, we were a bit frustrated, but it was just one of those quarters where not much went right for us,’’ Cole said.

‘‘For us it’s just been about those lapses and getting us playing four quarters.’’

Harley Taylor-Lloyd snared five goals, while fellow Nagambie recruit Kyle Winter-Irving was also important as was Seamus Feery.

Cole also said debutants Huw Jones and Liam Hockley each held their own, while Kai Madgwick and Aaron French were the Cats’ best.

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