Feathers fly as the savage Lions maul Pies

Michael TraillAlbany Advertiser
Royals during their huddle in round 11.
Camera IconRoyals during their huddle in round 11. Credit: Richard Poulish

Royals will head into the final round of the season roaring after handing Denmark-Walpole the biggest defeat of the 2019 Great Southern Football League competition on Saturday.

An unchallenged nine-goal second term from the Lions blew out the match, as they recorded a 131-point drubbing over the Magpies at McLean Park to secure an 11th consecutive win in the 22.13 (145) to 2.2 (14) victory.

The Magpies challenged the visitors in the first quarter, despite Lion Andrew Ruck’s tap-work domination across the ground that gave Tyrese Pickett-Miller plenty to work with.

Ryan Gaerth, Tyler Stone and Lee Gropp worked hard in the midfield battle for the Magpies while Gryphon Roy was desperate in defence, repelling plenty of the Lions’ surges towards goal.

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Coel Hunter slotted two first-term goals as the Lions took a 16-point advantage at quarter-time.

However any thoughts of a Magpies upset was quelled in the second term as Jordan Heil, Cameron Allison and Tom Maslen dominated the contest, while Jaiden Alison and Taylor Powell were damaging in front of goals.

Powell kicked back-to-back goals to start the term before slotting a third late before half-time.

Alison finished the second quarter with four majors as the Lions opened up a 73-point buffer.

Jarrod Brack led the Magpies’ back line in absorbing plenty of pressure after the main break before Jak Phillips eventually found the home side’s second major.

The Lions added six goals of their own, led by Steven Edwards and Coel Hunter across half-forward, as the margin blew out beyond 100 points.

Hunter and Alison both finished with five majors while Heil, Edwards and Maslen were all terrific in the Lions’ percentage boosting win, 22.13 (145) to 2.2 (14).

Royals player-coach Ruck was happy his side didn’t go through ‘the motions’ after securing top spot last week.

“We controlled the stoppages and generated plenty of inside-50s, made the most of that bar the first quarter,” he said.

The Magpies were best served by Tyler Stone, Gropp and midfield star Gaerth.

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