First grand final berth since 2016 for red-hot North Albany after crushing Sharks in colts preliminary final

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North Albany's Heath Ravenhill starred in the colts preliminary final.
Camera IconNorth Albany's Heath Ravenhill starred in the colts preliminary final. Credit: Laurie Benson

North Albany progressed to their first colts grand final since 2016 after an inspired performance against Albany in the preliminary final on Sunday at Tigerland.

The Kangas finished fourth on the ladder and knocked out Railways last week before crushing the Sharks with a seven-goal first half to book their place in the decider against Royals.

Rhori Williams-Jolley, who spent much of the season playing league, was a dominant force for the Kangas, and his ability to break lines and hit targets was a major factor in the 45-point win.

The midfield star booted three goals pushing forward, and giant ruckman Lucas Ravenhill also bagged three majors as the Kangas prevailed, 12.15 (87) to 6.6 (42).

Lucas Ravenhill gave midfield trio Williams-Jolley, Kobi Keen and Heath Ravenhill first use in the centre and their side extended a 23-point half-time advantage with the only three goals of the third term.

Heath Ravenhill was outstanding through the middle of the ground ably assisting Williams-Jolley. The Kangas were also well served by Dylan House, Thomas Chambers and Keen (two goals).

Captain Daniel Cosh was terrific for the Sharks.

Gus Bockman, Luke Mowaljarlai Jr and Nigel Penny also worked hard throughout.

Jackson Mason kicked two goals, and Hayden Mihan had also booted two majors before he received two yellow cards in the third quarter.

The Lions produced a polished display in the sixteens, as they thumped the Sharks by 60 points.

Rory Luscombe and Teague Valli starred with four goals apiece as their side secured a grand final berth, winning 14.7 (91) to 5.1 (31).

In a drama-filled reserves preliminary final, Railways escaped with a 12-point win against an inaccurate Denmark-Walpole outfit.

Magpies veteran Dionne Woods had a wayward afternoon in front of the big sticks and despite kicking three goals, his side fell short.

Jaxon McLean, Michael Roberts and Jonah Muir were vital in the Tigers victory, 10.5 (65) to 6.17 (53), while Taj Stubber and Declan Willey kicked three goals each.

Jono Woods, Robert Bain and Brandon Woods impressed but they lost Liam Bennell to a second yellow card in the third term.

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