Kangas claim historic win as GSWFL kicks off

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Railways' Ginny Lannigan gets her kick away as North Albany's Aleesha Claybrook tackles.
Camera IconRailways' Ginny Lannigan gets her kick away as North Albany's Aleesha Claybrook tackles. Credit: Cameron Newbold

North Albany overcame a slow start to win the inaugural Great Southern Women’s Football League match over Railways at Centennial Stadium on Friday night.

Railways' Shelby Upson tries to brush aside North Albany's Aleesha Clayrbook.
Camera IconRailways' Shelby Upson tries to brush aside North Albany's Aleesha Clayrbook.

A bumper crowd saw the Kangas record a 25-point win over the Tigers under lights in the double-header round 1 of the new competition.

Lauren Harris booted the first goal for the Tigers 10 minutes into the contest out of congestion but could only manage one more major for the match as the Kangas gained control.

North Albany captain Cleo Drygan and Railways' Kirsten Gault shake hands before the first ever GSWFL match.
Camera IconNorth Albany captain Cleo Drygan and Railways' Kirsten Gault shake hands before the first ever GSWFL match.

The Kangas added three goals in the decisive third term and ran out winners 5.8 (38) to 2.1 (13) after no goals were booted in the final term.

Pemba Spargo, Cleo Drygan and Hannah Felton were the best for the Kangas, while Laura Archer booted two goals as the only multiple goal kicker on the ground.

North Albany's Kirsty Rosman kicks the ball off the deck as Railways' Grace Witham tries to take possession.
Camera IconNorth Albany's Kirsty Rosman kicks the ball off the deck as Railways' Grace Witham tries to take possession. Credit: Cameron Newbold

Kirsten Gault, Shelby Upson and Hollee Siviour were the Tigers’ best. Royals sit on top of the table after cruising to a 72-point win over Sharks in the battle of the co-tenants.

North Albany's Cleo Drygan tries to break free of Railways' Tiarna Delli-Benedetti.
Camera IconNorth Albany's Cleo Drygan tries to break free of Railways' Tiarna Delli-Benedetti.

The Lions increased their lead at every change after opening up a match-winning 38-point lead at half-time on the back of impressive work by Tully Lane, Renae Parsons and Kylie Douglas.

The Lions shared the goals around with seven individual goal kickers in an impressive display, while Jessikah Woods, Talia Coyne and Ella Scamozzi battled hard for the Sharks.

Railways will host round 2 this Friday night, with Royals taking on North Albany at 5.45pm and the home side tackling Albany at 7pm under lights.

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