Efficient Magpies take third spot with biggest win of the season

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Denmark-Walpole during a break this season.
Camera IconDenmark-Walpole during a break this season. Credit: Denmark-Walpole FC

Denmark-Walpole jumped into third spot on the standings after an impressive 30-point win over Mt Barker in round seven of the Great Southern Women’s Football League on Friday night.

After an even first half at Sounness Park, the Magpies were far more efficient in their forward half after the main break and kicked four goals to one on their way to the biggest win of the season.

Ashleigh Needs booted two goals and was well supported by Emma Henderson as the visitors drew clear in the last half.

Meghan Tharratt collected plenty of the ball to be one of the Magpies’ best players, while Jane Devenport and Amber Nekel also impressed in the 5.12 (42) to 2.0 (12) result.

The home side trailed by four points at half time but conceded three majors in the third and could never bridge the gap.

Saige Askevold finished with two goals for the Bulls and was joined in the best players by Sarah Eisenberg, Tea Etheridge and Mikaila Kowald. The Magpies improved their win-loss record to 3-4 and moved to third on the ladder.

In a contested top of the table clash at Collingwood Park, Railways emerged with a seventh straight win after overcoming Royals. Lily Wilsher-Saa sealed the 18-point win with her final quarter goal as the Tigers maintained their unbeaten streak in 2021 and skipped two games clear on top.

Kelly Pages was outstanding for the Tigers in defence and the efforts of Logan Robertson and Courtney Bateman were also vital as they won 3.7 (25) to 1.1 (7).

Gracie Gibson kicked the Lions’ only goal and Taylah Orzel and Georgina Lilford worked tirelessly.

Albany were the other round seven winners, prevailing by one point over North Albany in a low-scoring affair. Stephanie Grant kicked the only goal of the game as the Sharks secured a third win of the season.

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