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Lions spring pleasant surprise

Seymour plays brilliantly to upset Euroa and surprise coach Matt O'Sullivan with size of victory in their Goulburn Valley Football League under-18 clash.

GEORGINA CAHILL August 19, 2014 3:05am

It was a 97-point win that surprised even Seymour coach Matt O’Sullivan.

O’Sullivan’s Lions sit fifth on the ladder and caused a major upset against second-placed Euroa in Goulburn Valley Football League’s under-18 competition on Saturday.

The Lions inflicted the Magpies’ third loss of the season and O’Sullivan said even he was surprised by the substantial winning margin.

‘‘It was a bit of a surprise really to win by as much as we did,’’ O’Sullivan said.

The Lions got off to a red-hot start and kept Euroa goalless in the opening-half.

While the Lions only managed 2.2 in the first quarter, they kicked away to a 45-point lead at the main break.

But the damage hadn’t been done.

The Magpies booted 1.2 in the third quarter, but couldn’t match it with their opposition which kicked 3.1.

At their Kings Park fortress, the Lions piled on 5.6 in the fourth quarter to finish the day with a 97-point win.

O’Sullivan said the round 16 win stemmed from determination to get first use of the ball.

‘‘I think our on-ball division did well,’’ he said.

‘‘They won a fair bit of the ball around the middle of the ground.’’

The Lions had an even spread of goal-scorers with nine players adding to the scoreboard.

Jay Eager and Kyle Winter-Irving were the major scoreboard contributors with three each.

‘‘It’s fair to say we’re not really heavily reliant on anyone in particular,’’ O’Sullivan said.

While Chris Jackson, Jake O’Brien, Jack Murphy and Xavier Demasi were best for the Lions, O’Sullivan said to cause an upset like they did, all players stepped up to plate.

‘‘Obviously to win like that against a good team in Euroa everyone had to do their bit,’’ he said.

Jake Smith booted the Magpies’ lone goal, while Jarmyn Tremellen, Brayden Paulke, Jett Trotter and Ryley Bjorksten were best for their side.

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