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GSFLW 2024: Albany face Mt Barker in rousing qualifying final, Royals take on Railways in elimination final

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Albany, Mt Barker, Royals and Railways will compete in the GSFLW finals.
Camera IconAlbany, Mt Barker, Royals and Railways will compete in the GSFLW finals. Credit: Laurie Benson

The Great Southern Football League Women’s competition is set for a blockbuster Retravision Stadium double-header on Friday as four teams do battle for the first week of finals.

Reigning premiers Royals will take on Railways in a rousing elimination final before last year’s runners-up and current minor premiers Albany lock horns with an impressive Mt Barker side in the qualifying final.

Despite finishing lower on the ladder, the Bulls have handed the Sharks losses in each of their two fixtures against one another.

The last time the two met the Bulls won by 13 points, following on from their nine-point triumph in round four.

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If Bulls are to make it three straight victories, they will need star forward Mikayla Balloch to fire and key contributions from ruck Georgia Kowald and the versatile Sophie Richards.

The Sharks will be hungry to ensure they make it to the big dance for a second straight year, led by skipper Abbie Ballard, gun Marlee Ashton and forward Amarlie Weinert.

Bouncedown for the qualifying final is at 7.45pm with the winner progressing straight into the grand final and the loser facing the winner of the elimination final.

The Lions’ title defence lies on a knife’s edge as they take on cross-town rivals Tigers in the elimination final at 6.15pm with the loser bowing out of finals contention and the winner taking on the loser of the qualifying final.

Nardia Humphries will be a key player in Royals’ finals campaign.
Camera IconNardia Humphries will be a key player in Royals’ finals campaign. Credit: Laurie Benson

Their last encounter was in the final round of the season with Lions emerging 16-point victors after the Lions’ gripping five-point victory in round five.

Dominant duo Nardia and Narelle Humphries must be at their best if they are to curtail the dangerous Ksharna Coyne, Tiarna Delli-Benedetti and Kathryn Slattery of the Tigers.

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