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Comfortable win - Bulldogs bite Lions

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May 29, 2018

Milestone marked: Tatura legend Linc Wellington in action last year. His 250th game at the weekend saw his side win by 30 points.

Tatura icon Linc Wellington brought up his 250th club game in style as his side handled Seymour by 30 points on Saturday.

New Bulldog Brandyn Grenfell wasted little time reminding his former teammates exactly what they are missing out on with a four-goal haul in the comfortable win.

The Tatura tower kicked the first two goals of the game as the Bulldogs’ quickly took control of the contest.

It was another classy performance from the side sitting third on the Goulburn Valley League ladder, having snuck under the radar to amass a 5-2 record.

Having been jumped early, the Lions responded to win the second quarter and were within 20 points at half-time.

But the powerful unit that is Tatura kicked five goals to two in the third to firmly wrestle the game onto its terms and run out with the strong win.

Matt Ryan helped himself to three goals, while Brad Ryan and Andrew Ciavarella shone in the middle.

The game was marred by a horror injury to Bulldog Matt Shannon, who went down with a serious ankle injury in the final quarter.

For Seymour, Jason Cole was again best and co-coach Ben Clifton kicked four goals.

Kyle Winter-Irving snagged three goals, making it 12 goals in seven games for the forward.

Dylan Scopel scrapped hard with Grenfell all day and Billy Cox did his best to stop Matt Ryan.

Co-coach Cole said after a sluggish start his mob had fought on well all day.

‘‘We were pretty happy with the way we played, other than early on when they got away from us a bit,’’ he said.

‘‘Just through the midfield early, Brandyn Grenfell got a couple and they made a really good start.

‘‘By three quarters of the way through the first term we started to get some of the football and were able to get it back on our terms.

‘‘We missed a few opportunities that could have made it a bit closer, but we were happy with our effort at the contest all day, it was much better than two weeks ago.’’

Cole added a touch more efficiency in front of the big sticks could have made it a far different ball game.

‘‘Just off the top of my head there were five shots with guys like (Ben) Clifton and Jake Anderson that they would kick nine times out of 10,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s just those moments where we couldn’t finish it off.’’

Tatura will prepare for a clash with Kyabram in a fortnight’s time — an intriguing measurement of the young Bulldogs’ progress — with a trip to Deakin Reserve to take on Shepparton United next Saturday.

Seymour lies ninth and two games outside the top six, but plays Mooroopna on Saturday.

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