Albany moved a game clear on top of the Great Southern Football League ladder with a thumping 142-point win over North Albany at Retravision Stadium on Sunday. Star forward Brett Peake was back to his brilliant best with a season-high nine-goal haul as the home side made light work of the Kangas from the outset. Their 11th win of the season puts them in the box seat to secure a home qualifying final with only two rounds left to play. Sharks coach Jamie Ramm said he was pleased with the effort as his side built towards a qualifying final showdown with Railways. “I think we performed really well,” he said. “They were quite undermanned so it’s hard to take too much out of it but there were still a lot of positives. “We played some good footy which is good to see, especially in the lead-up to finals. “Another promising thing was a couple of younger ones playing well. Aiden (Clark) and Kaleb (Germain) were good, and it was only Kaleb’s second league game.” The result was all but secured at half-time as the Sharks steamed ahead to a 64-point advantage and the Kangas managed only one goal in a miserable second half. Goals from Robbie Lee, Jayden Zilm and Harry Hordacre had the Kangas on the back foot early in the first term before they found their opener through Graham Ross. A 23-point quarter-time margin was extended in the second term as the Kangas failed to find the big sticks while conceding six goals at the other end. Peake booted four of his nine in the second term, while youngster Kaleb Germain had his first from a brilliant snap on a tight angle from 30m out. The lead had blown out considerably by half-time and Lee was having a big presence on the game through midfield, hitting targets while providing plenty of dash on the outside. Tom O’Farrell stemmed the bleeding for the Kangas in the third term with his first, but that was the Kangas’ final major of the contest. Peake had his fifth from a set shot 45m out and bobbed up again with a simple conversion just outside the goal square. The Sharks snagged nine goals in a crushing final term while keeping the visitors scoreless as they recorded a massive win, 24.17 (161) to 2.7 (19). Peake put through the first and final majors of the last term to finish on nine goals, and youngster Aiden Clark also came alive with two classy finishes late. “It’s hard to replace about seven blokes who play consistent league football for us,” Kangas coach Brad Bootsma said. “That’s no excuse because at the end of the day we just got beat by a pretty rampant side. “We had patches of play where we moved the ball well and then a bad patch and they’d just go down the other end and score again. “Once they got their hands on the ball we couldn’t win it back. “Some blokes gained some experience which will be a learning curve for them. “We’ve just got to just finish our season off as strong as possible now. We’ll try and put some games into some guys to give them some experience. “There’s a shining light when we give players some opportunity, as well as some kids that have come through our system.” Lee, Bryce Blaszkow and Brock Anning were all terrific in the Sharks’ engine room, winning countless clearances and possessions across the four quarters. Jayden Zilm was good support for Peake with three majors, and the only concern was a late injury to Marlin Bennett, who was carried from the ground. For the visitors, Nathan Crudeli, Nick Barrow, Kobi Keen and Jyrin Woods all showed fight in an otherwise disappointing day. The results from round 13 ended the Kangas’ slim finals hopes.