Wayde Petersen, our Goulburn Valley correspondent, popped into the Seymour footy ground on his way home from the final day of the Boxing Day Test. Kings Park wasn’t quite as lively as the MCG, but that’s to be expected – it was late on a summer’s day. Seymour is about an hour north of Melbourne. Here’s Wayde’s report.
The Seymour Lions have been a part of the Goulburn Valley Football League since 1976, when they transferred from the defunct Waranga North Eastern Football League. In that time they have won seven premierships (1976, 1981, 1982, 1991, 2005, 2006 & 2007), with 21 premierships all up since the club was established in 1880.
Seymour have produced a number of fine players including:
– Ian “Bluey” Shelton, who played and coached the club after his successful stint at Essendon (and is Seymour’s coach and centre-half-back of its team of the century)
– current Fremantle Docker, David Mundy (whose father played for Seymour and Avenel)
– Saad Saad, who has won many awards and kicked many goals for the Lions since coming up the Hume Highway from Diamond Valley League club, Northcote Park.
Seymour has always worn the colours of the late (and great) Fitzroy Football Club: maroon, blue and white when Fitzroy wore those colours and now maroon, blue and gold. (Check out the colours of the 44-gallon drums in the photo below.)
Kings Park is a fine venue that can host night football and can easily accommodate the large crowds for the Anzac Day game against local rivals, Euroa.
Kings Park is also home to many community clubs and sporting clubs: Eastern Hill Cricket Club, the Seymour Agricultural & Pastoral Society, Guides, Brownies,, Scouts & Cubs, playgroups, netball, tennis, basketball, bowling, and swimming.It is also the long time home of the successful Seymour Alternative Farming Expo.