Kangas prevail in tight Anzac Day finish

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North Albany’s Graham Ross gets his handball away as Railways’ Liam Park tackles.
Camera IconNorth Albany’s Graham Ross gets his handball away as Railways’ Liam Park tackles. Credit: Laurie Benson

North Albany have held off a second half fightback from Railways to clinch their second Anzac Day victory, edging out the home side by six points in an exciting finish at Tigerland this afternoon.

In front of another bumper crowd, the Kangas made all the early running as they carved the Tigers up with crisp ball movement in the opening term and kicked the only two goals.

The Tigers wasted their opportunities kicking with the aid of the breeze in the first quarter and Ryan Harper had them on the board early in the second but again the Kangas controlled things.

Michael Trevenen kicked his second, young midfielder Alex Pearce got on the board along with Brodie Sumich and Daniel Parker shook off a couple of missed shots to boot his first major returning to his original club.

It was worrying signs for the Tigers at half time as they trailed by 24 points and their skill errors continued to haunt them.

Railways debutant Sam Want gathers possession.
Camera IconRailways debutant Sam Want gathers possession. Credit: Laurie Benson

However the break allowed the Tigers to change some things up, especially positional, and they hit back with three of the four goals in the third term to storm back into the contest.

Harper snared his second and forward Shane Braimbridge bagged two majors as they began to win more ball around the stoppages and pulled the margin back to a single point.

Anthony Coyne gave the Kangas some breathing space early in the last when he snapped truly and it proved to be the decisive score in the final stanza.

The Tigers managed six behinds in the final quarter, as the home side kicked themselves out of it with 4.12 in the second half.

Kane Shephard marked inside the final minute but his shot from 45m out fell short and the ball was scrambled at the teeth of goal as the siren sounded to hand the Kangas victory, 8.11 (59) to 6.17 (53).

Anzac Day Medal winner Alex Pearce presented with the honour by Railways president Andrew Want.
Camera IconAnzac Day Medal winner Alex Pearce presented with the honour by Railways president Andrew Want.

Pearce was named the Anzac Day medallist, typifying the spirt of the Anzacs with a lively midfield display while Jyrin Woods, ruckman Stuart Parker and Regan Lloyd were among their best players.

Logan Stubber won plenty of the ball to be the Tigers most consistent player across four quarters, debutant Ryan Davies was outstanding off half-back while Harper and Mitch Green were also important contributors in the Great Southern Football League season opener, which also doubled as the grand final rematch.

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