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GSFLW 2023: Lions make it perfect 10 straight in regular season, Sharks and Magpies in winning form for finals

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Royals finished on top of the GSFLW ladder.
Camera IconRoyals finished on top of the GSFLW ladder. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Royals made it a perfect 10 wins to round out the home-and-away season in the Great Southern Football League Women’s competition.

The Lions smashed rivals Railways in the final round of the regular season on Friday to make it 10 straight in 2023.

Spearhead Gracie Gibson booted three of her side’s six goals as the Lions won by 40 points to head into the finals series full of confidence.

Sophie Loveridge, Kelsey McMorran and Lowanna Singleton also hit the scoreboard as the Lions marched to a 6.5 (41) to 0.1 (1) victory at Retravision Stadium in round 10.

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The winners had strong contributions from Nicola Thomas, Megan Green and Shailyn Isaac, while Gibson was electric up forward.

Taylah Orzel, who has made the move to Perth to play in the WAFLW with Claremont, featured for the Lions in Friday night’s win and it was her fourth game in the GSFLW this year.

The Tigers were best served by Laura Cinanni, Ksharna Coyne, Stefanie Boyle and Tiarna Delli- Benedetti, and despite the heavy defeat, they still finished second on the ladder.

In the other round 10 matches, Denmark-Walpole will take winning momentum into the finals after a 22-point victory over North Albany at McLean Park.

Little separated the two sides in the opening half and they kicked a goal each, but two unanswered goals in the third from the Magpies were the difference.

The Magpies led by 14 points at three-quarter-time and then kicked the only goal of the fourth term on their way to a 4.5 (29) to 1.1 (7) triumph.

Captain Sophie Coates, Rebecca MacDonald, Sophie Oldfield and Isobelle Venn all kicked goals in the win, while Emma Henderson, Zoe Car and Amber Nekel were important.

The Kangas’ best players were Abbie Bootsma, Lucy Barnett, Ellen Smith and Laura Archer, while Mabel Markey kicked their sole major.

Albany were comfortable 43-point winners over Mt Barker in the late fixture at Retravision Stadium.

The Sharks kicked four goals in a dominant opening term and finished up winning 8.3 (51) to 1.2 (8).

Youngster Amarlie Weinert was terrific in the front half, kicking four goals, while Taiah Curtis, Kimberley Williams and Hayley Williamson (one goal) joined her in the best players.

For the Bulls, Chloe Scherell, Sarah Eisenberg, Lauren Pavlovich and Jada Williams toiled hard and Simone Pantall kicked their goal.

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