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FOOTBALL NETBALL PREVIEW: Seymour Lions ready to emerge from the Den

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Jordyn Grubisic
Jordyn Grubisic
Jordyn Grubisic is a senior journalist for the North Central Review primarily covering politics at all levels and sport with a particular interest in basketball. Since 2019 she has worked for several publications across Victoria including most recently at the Alexandra Standard and Yea Chronicle. She is always keen to hear from local community members about issues they face and has an interest in crime and court reporting.

With a young side the Seymour Lions senior men are looking to develop the side and give them senior game experience.

Head coach Ben Davey said there was a huge opportunity to develop the players.

“There aren’t many boys in our squad in the 50 to 100 senior game bracket which is a huge opportunity for us,” he said.

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“We’ll be looking to get more senior games into our younger players and support their development.”

The playing group has largely stayed the same as last season with some additions including Tom Maloney from Norwood, who adds his experience, including a VFL premiership, to the group.

“Tom is looking fantastic on the track and he’ll add plenty of class to our midfield following Jack O’Sullivan’s move to Wodonga,” Davey said.

“Dave Mundy is a huge pick up for us and we’re working on locking in his games in the coming weeks.”

Much like the playing group, the senior coaching staff remains the same as last season and Nick Dundon will again coach the Reserves.

Lachy Waite is looking forward to his first year as coach of the thirds who are ready to go.

Davey said Seymour’s preseason had been solid with a few changes this year.

The Seymour Lions senior men’s side are looking forward to the ANZAC round but there’s some disappointment about missing out on a Euroa clash.

“It’s been good to a do a bit of work with the Kelfit running crew to keep everyone’s fitness levels high and we’ve had a couple of practice matches,” he said.

“It’s going to be a very tough year. In the Goulburn Valley there’s no standing still with most other clubs having picked up some great recruits.

“We’ll have to be on top of our game to be pushing deep in September.”

The Seymour A Grade netball side has recruited some key players while retaining its strong side from last season, including Wellman Medallist Sarah Szczykulski and Casey Adamson.

Ruby Martin is back at the club after a year away and Ally Black has joined the side ,bringing her VNL experience with her.

Coach Ellie Fuhrmeister said preseason was going well.

“It’s always good to get back on the court after a bit of a break and blow out the cobwebs,” she said.

“The girls are looking fresh and ready to go after getting a practice match under their belts at Wangaratta.”

Fuhrmeister said the side looked primed to make a finals appearance again this season.

“I think we’ll still be around the mark at the pointy end of the season so we’re certainly not ruling anything out,” she said.

“We’re super keen to take on Tatura in round one who knocked us out of finals.

“We’ve got a fantastic relationship with them as a club and they are top class people and players.”

Both Seymour sides play Tatura in round one of the GOTAFE Goulburn Valley Football League kicking off on April 6.

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