Final term blitz gives Kangas first win

Cameron Newbold & Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

Defending premiers North Albany are on the board in 2017 after a dominant five goal to nil final term helped them overcome a spirited Denmark-Walpole at Collingwood Park this afternoon.

The Magpies were very impressive in the first half and goals to recruit Paris Ropiha and surprise inclusion Tyler Stone had the visitors eight points up midway through the third term.

Majors to Luke Cameron and Nick Barrow though saw the Kangas pinch back the advantage, going into the final change three points ahead.

In the final term it was all the home side as they dominated around the stoppages and more than doubled their opponents inside 50 entries.

As a result the Kangas skipped clear, quickly slamming four goal to effectively end the contest as they ran out winners by 38 points.

Matt Orzel was prolific in the midfield, Jack McPhee shut Magpie Shayne Zanetti out of the game and Corey Hitchcok provided great drive off the wing to help the Kangas notch their first win of the season, 13.16 (94) to 8.8 (56).

Stone appeared for his first game of the year to kick three majors in a solid display while Ryan Gaerth was superb, winning countless clearances for the Magpies.

Meanwhile a ten goal second half by Royals enabled the Lions to skip clear from Railways in the second to record a 32-point win at the first Lockyer Avenue derby at Centennial Stadium today.

The Tigers led by a solitary point at quarter and half-time but the Lions finished the match full of running to record their second win from as many starts, 14.13 (84) to 8.4 (52).

Royals' Sam Baddeley-Holmes attempts to mark.
Camera IconRoyals' Sam Baddeley-Holmes attempts to mark. Credit: Laurie Benson

Taylor Powell and Ben Gray both finished with three goals for the victors as the Tigers showed the effects of two games in a week, failing to run out the match as the Lions midfield gained the ascendency.

Yesterday Mt Barker sent a strong message to the rest of the competition with a 172-point demolition of Albany at Sounness Park.

New recruits Kym Monteath and Daniel Parker combined for 20 goals as the Bulls finished well ahead, 30.24 (204) to 5.2 (32).

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