Railways continued their Anzac Day dominance over North Albany despite some wayward kicking on goal, to open their premiership defence with a 33-point win at Collingwood Park on Monday. The Tigers chalked up their fifth win in the special Anzac Day fixture, as they began the new season with a gritty victory despite the absence of a host of premiership stars. Matt Palfrey, Mitch Green, Joel Want, Jayden Scott and Haydn Sproxton were all missing and the Tigers kicked poorly in front of goal but they saw off a persistent Kangas outfit who were under the care of coach Brad Bootsma for the first time since 2011. Midfielder Kane Shephard had a day out and was deservedly named best-on-ground after winning a host of possessions and booting four goals in the 11.15 (81) to 7.6 (48) triumph. Towering Kangas teenager Lucas Ravenhill bagged the first goal of the game but two majors from Tigers star Logan Stubber helped the visitors lead by 12 points at quarter time despite his side kicking 2.7. The Tigers never gave up the lead from that point on but their inaccurate kicking left the home side in the game for long periods. Shephard kicked two of his four majors in the second term as the visitors extended their buffer to 26 points at the long break. Ravenhill was only growing in confidence as the game wore on and he clunked a couple of big marks and kicked two majors in the third to keep the Kangas in the hunt. Late goals from youngster Clay Michael and veteran Zak Hortin ensured the Tigers took a 27-point margin into the last change but an early Brodie Sumich major in the last gave the Kangas a glimmer of hope. That chance was snuffed out thanks to goals from Michael and fellow teenager Mohit Jaggi as the Tigers kicked four goals to three to emerge victorious. “Our third quarter let us down, we weren’t prepared to work hard,” Tigers coach Mark Bayliss said. “Their young kids were up and about but in the end it was just good to get the four points with what we had out there. “Our senior players stood up today, they set the tone.” Captain Bodhi Stubber was outstanding in the win, intercepting the ball regularly at half-back while midfielders Logan Stubber and Craig Frost were also influential. Michael finished with three majors in an impressive display up front in the absence of Palfrey. There was plenty of feeling in the match, with Nick Barrow and Ryan Davies yellow carded before half-time for a heated wrestle on the wing and Hortin yellow carded in the fourth term. Ravenhill produced a superb debut for the Kangas, kicking 5.2 and taking a number of telling marks, while big-bodied midfielder Jyrin Woods won a host of clearances. Ruckman Josh Dallimore and youngster Kobi Keen were also solid contributors for the Kangas. The Kangas missed senior duo Graham Ross and Alec Haskins and Bootsma said they allowed the Tigers to play the game on their terms. “They are well drilled and we allowed them to play their game,” Bootsma said. “We gave them that short kick, let Bodhi (Stubber) intercept the ball and a lot of our skills let us down. “On the flipside some of the stuff we’ve been working to worked and there are some good exciting kids in there.” A strong crowd gathered at Collingwood Park for the seventh Anzac Day match in the GSFL with the Last Post played and the ode recited prior to bouncedown while both teams wore their Anzac Day jumpers.