Kangas pinch top spot, Bulls overrun Lions

Staff reportersAlbany Advertiser

North Albany have snatched top spot off Royals for the first time this season after overcoming Albany by 107 points this afternoon at Collingwood Park to complete round 13 of the Great Southern Football League.

The Kangas, who have now won seven straight games, were challenged at times by the Sharks, however proved too strong when kicking with the breeze and finished winners 18.22 (130) to 3.5 (23).

Jesse Wynne continued his superb form bagging four goals while Jack McPhee, Brock Ramsay and Ray Padfield were strong through the middle of the ground.

For the Sharks, Fraser Eaton and Red Rogers shone throughout the day while Zac Pearson held firm in defence.

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Yesterday Mt Barker produced a stunning second half turnaround to boost their top two hopes with a 28-point victory over Royals at Centennial Stadium.

In a match that had plenty of spite, the Lions kick four goals with the breeze in the opening term and held sway in the second to take a 19-point buffer into the major break.

However the Bulls responded in the last half, narrowing the margin to eight points by three quarter time and then running over the top of the home side in the last as they kicked six goals to one.

Nic Chidgzey was superb in the midfield and kicked three goals while Joel Gray and Sam Lehmann were also influential in the 11.13 (79) to 7.9 (51) win.

Mt Barker's Nic Chidgzey gets his kick away as Royals’ Hamish McMorran applies pressure.
Camera IconMt Barker's Nic Chidgzey gets his kick away as Royals’ Hamish McMorran applies pressure. Credit: Albany Advertiser

The Lions sorely missed midfielder Dave Parker and forward Sam Baddeley-Holmes and lost two players to injury before half time with Michael McGlade and Henry Hodge busy throughout the afternoon.

Railways kicked clear with an eight goal second half to end a three game losing streak with a 59-point win over Denmark-Walpole at Tigerland also on Saturday.

The Tigers broke the game open against the experienced Magpies in the third term against a favourable wind to lead at the final change by a match-winning 31 points.

Midfielders Zane Marwick and Matt Van Schayk each booted three goals while defender Tayler Neale shone across half-back in the win, 13.16 (94) to 5.5 (35).

Tall backman Hendrix Ropiha and midfielder Ryan Gaerth were the Magpies best while youngster Hayden Parker also slotted three majors

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