Four teams to contest preliminary finals in Great Southern Football League Women’s competition

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Midfielder Ksharna Coyne is a key player for Railways.
Camera IconMidfielder Ksharna Coyne is a key player for Railways. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Four teams will play off in two preliminary finals on Friday night for their chance to qualify for the Great Southern Football League Women’s grand final.

The highest-ranked side gets to host a preliminary against the lowest ranked team while the other team in the top two will hold the second preliminary final at their home ground against the team who finished third.

Minor premiers Railways will be out to reach successive grand finals when they host one preliminary final against fourth-placed North Albany at Tigerland.

The Tigers will start warm favourites at home, having lost only one match during the regular season.

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Despite boasting a strong midfield and proven goal kicker Kanisha Bennell, the Tigers defence has been their biggest weapon in recent weeks.

The Tigers have conceded just eight points in their past three matches.

However the Kangas will be tough opposition, having found their best form in the second half of the season.

Led by captain Laura Archer and talented midfielder Lily Minter, the Kangas will be hoping to cause an upset.

The Tigers have won both their encounters so far this season, winning by 19 points in round one and 40 in round six.

Defending premiers Royals will look to keep their bid for back-to-back titles alive when they host Denmark-Walpole in Friday’s other preliminary final at Retravision Stadium.

Royals' Taylah Orzel takes possession and looks for options.
Camera IconRoyals star Taylah Orzel. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

The Lions have produced another strong regular season, losing two matches.

One of those losses came against the Magpies in round five but the Lions won their most recent outing, last week by 13 points away from home.

Competition star Taylah Orzel and forward Gracie Gibson loom as key figures in the Lions’ pursuit of a finals win.

Ashleigh Needs has been a regular avenue to goal for the Magpies this season and they will be chasing big performances from Megan Ross and Erika Tharratt to book a grand final berth.

Both preliminary finals will start at 6.30pm on Friday night.

Preliminary Finals, Friday April 1

Railways v North Albany at Tigerland, 6.30pm

Royals v Denmark-Walpole at Retravision Stadium, 6.30pm

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