The future is looking bright for Seymour after it continued its good late season form with a win over Euroa.By Matthew Galea
Injuries continue to threaten Euroa’s season, but that shouldn’t take away from Seymour’s fantastic performance to earn a four-goal win over the Magpies.
Ash Chapman’s Lions continue to improve in the back half of the season, taking their fourth win from eight games after failing to win any of their opening eight fixtures.
‘‘We always knew that the first half of the season was going to be tough, because we were trying to blood through a new team,’’ Chapman said.
‘‘The positive thing is that we’ve had wins and even if we’ve lost a game in the second half of the season we’ve lost it by less than what we did the first time, which gives us a great platform for next season.’’
Saturday’s win was particularly significant as it was Seymour’s first over a genuine Goulburn Valley Netball League top-six contender and Chapman is hoping his side can carry its form into the final two games against Benalla and Mansfield.
Chapman was pleased with his side’s quick start on Saturday, and said despite the difference only being four goals at full-time he felt his side was always in control.
Tegan Hanson was superb in wing attack earning praise from Chapman and Euroa coach Jenny Barlow, while Amelia Brock shot well all day, providing a real focal point for the Lions’ attack.
Sarah Szczkulski won plenty of rebounds and worked tirelessly for the Lions as well.
Euroa’s Barlow had no qualms in admitting her side was second best by a considerable distance on Saturday, but was worried about the potential of injuries and illness to wreck her side’s season.
The Magpies face Mansfield and then Benalla in the final two weeks, while seventh-placed Echuca, which is only four points behind Euroa, faces bottom-placed Tatura and Rochester.
‘‘We were lucky to get a team out there,’’ Barlow said.
‘‘We’re not optimistic about beating Mansfield with a limited side or our finals chances because I think both Echuca and Benalla are improving and we’re feeling the effect of injuries and illness.’’
Goal shooter Jenni McCluskey played her first game after three weeks out with a groin injury and her lack of match-fitness showed, but it was not a great performance all over the court.
‘‘We’ve turned over the ball too many times, it wasn’t just our shooting end,’’ Barlow said.
‘‘We just need a good session running together and cut out those errors.’’
Kelly Hill was outstanding, while Hannah Kennedy worked hard all day in midcourt, with Maisie Barlow also impressing, but it wasn’t enough for the Magpies, whose finals hopes now hang in the balance.
A Shepparton bus service that takes nightclub patrons home safely is celebrating its fifth anniversary of operation this weekend.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Moama's Shirley Durrant has been wowing district pudding eaters for the past 23 years with her Christmas delights.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
A group of volunteers have worked to revitalise the Cobram motorcross track to improve safety and attract new members to the club.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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