Lions roar into top 4 with win versus Yabbies

BY Mathew Asciak

Coming off a commanding win against the Mornington Bulldogs last week, the Lions were
eager to send a statement of intent to the competition against 4th placed Tyabb at Jackson
Reserve this afternoon. They did exactly that, grinding out an 11 point victory 7.3.(45) to
4.10.(34). This win would take the Lions up to fourth on the SEWFL division one ladder, now
a game ahead of the Yabbies.

The Lions were quick out the blocks, opening their account through goal kicking midfielder
Teagan Bradley, who converted with ease, following a strong mark. Time in the forward half
was heavily in Coburg’s favour off the back of some great tackling pressure in the contest.
Dominant in the ruck and around the ground, Damon ventured forward, taking a strong
overhead mark, off the back of a great 50/50 win by Teagan Brett, much to the delight of
the Coburg bench. She would then get on the scoreboard herself, with an instinctive right
foot goal. Lively small forward Tanya Hendy would round out the goals for the Lions in the
first term, as they led by 25 points at quarter time, keeping Tyabb scoreless.

The Yabbies settled into the game in the 2nd stanza, limiting scoring opportunities for the
Lions, only managing a minor score through Teagan Bradley, after a tough set shot in the
right forward pocket. Despite the lack of scoring in the quarter from the home side, Mia
Muscat showed great dash off half back in an attempt to regain control for her side;
showing great ability to break the lines and use the ball positively by hand and by foot.
Tyabb managed to chip into the deficit from quarter time, trailing by 3 points at the half.

Looking to respond after the disappointing 2nd term, Coburg came out of the half time break
ready to re-establish their foothold in the contest, showing great strength and intent in their
tackling, with Ciara Elliot and Muscat particularly strong and fearless with their attack on the
contest. Goals from Damon and Brett would double both of their goal tallies for the day,
giving Coburg a 13 point lead at the final change.

As Coburg looked the lock the game away, the midfielders stepped up, with the likes of
Tylah Bell, Elliot, Lauren Sims and Simone Craige continuing their ferocious attack. Neither
team was able to hit the scoreboard early on in the last, but a great inside 50 entry by
skipper Maddie Edwards help set up Hendy for her second of day. Despite a reply from
Tyabb soon after, the defence, led by Amy Mitchener and Jacqui Bromilow, held strong to
hold onto an 11 point win.

Carn the Lions!


Score breakdown:
Coburg: 4.2.(26) | 4.2.(26) | 6.2.(38) | 7.3.(45)
Tyabb: 0.0.(0) | 3.5.(23) | 3.7.(25) | 4.10.(34)

Hendy, Brett & Damon 2 and Bradley.

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