Royals consolidated second place on the Great Southern Women’s Football League standings after thrashing Albany by 65 points in round eight at Tigerland last Friday night. The Lions moved eight points clear in second with two rounds of the regular season remaining and appear set to play the third-ranked team in the preliminary finals on April 16. In their mauling of the Sharks last week, the Lions booted four majors in the second term to lead by 37 points at half-time. The margin continued to grow in the last half as midfielders Kylie Douglas, Taylah Orzel and Georgia Lilford constantly drove their team into attack. The ever dangerous Gracie Gibson finished with four goals and was ably supported by Hayley Ashboth (two goals) as the Lions coasted to a big win, 11.6 (72) to 1.1 (7). Douglas capped a superb game with a goal and Sophie Loveridge also had an influence as the Lions recorded a sixth win of their 2021 campaign. Stephanie Grant kicked the only goal for the Sharks, which came in the final term. Amy Walker, Jessikah Woods, Marlee Ashton and Emma Brady were strong contributors for the Sharks, who are fourth on the ladder. Denmark-Walpole strengthen their finals hopes with a gritty 11-point triumph over North Albany at McLean Park. The Magpies leapt out of the blocks with two first-quarter goals and by half-time had pushed the margin to 17 points. After the break the visitors had their fair share of chances and kicked two goals to one but the Magpies survived some nervous moments to notch their fourth win. Ashleigh Needs was again busy around the big sticks and kicked two goals while Ebony Thompson was a shining light and was well supported by Abby Tait and Jessica Buxton as the home side won 4.1 (25) to 2.2 (14). Laura Archer (two goals) was huge for the Kangas but the loss leaves them four points adrift of the top four. In the later match at Tigerland, Railways made it eight straight wins after their 49-point demolition of Mt Barker. Lily Wilsher-Saa was outstanding in the victory with four majors and Britney Bolton bagged three as the Tigers ran out winners 7.9 (51) to 0.2 (2).