Lions break losing streak at Collingwood Park
Royals have broken a 11-game losing streak at Collingwood Park to snatch a thrilling two-point win over reigning premiers North Albany this afternoon.
The Lions dominated the first term but had their lead trimmed to eight points by half time as the home side kicked five second quarter goals.
It was two goals apiece in the third, the Lions wasteful hitting the post a couple of times but they still went in to three quarter time ahead by six points.
Impressive youngster Rhori Williams-Jolley booted the first major of the last stanza to give the Kangas the lead by a single point but it would be the only time the home side were in front.
The Lions responded with the next two majors, goal sneak Jayson Ford snaring his third and then hard-working ruckman Nathan Powell kicking truly.
The injuries were mounting with already Michael McGlade off and then joined by Brayden Parker and Ryan Flick as the Kangas kept coming, Jyrin Woods with a lovely finish on the boundary to pull it back to a straight kick.
A point pushed the buffer back to seven but a free to Alex Pearce from close range and then a resulting 50m penalty handed the Kangas teenager a gifted goal as the margin closed to one point.
Lions forward Jaiden Alison hit the post to make it two points and his side hung on the dying stages, to end the Kangas unbeaten run to start the season.
Corey Ward was again outstanding yet again and was joined in the Lions best players by Hamish McMorran, Nathan Powell (two goals) and Dave Parker.
Talon Delacey, who kicked two classy goals in the second, was outstanding for the Kangas along with 100-gamer Jacob Hobbs and Nathan Crudeli.
A dominant five-goal to nil third quarter from Mt Barker set up the Bulls 36-point win over Albany at Centennial Stadium this afternoon.
The visitors were forced to come from behind to register their second win of the season, gaining the lead for the first time in the third term and never looked back to win, 16.14 (110) to 11.8 (74).
With dangerous forwards Jesse Wynne (five goals) and Dionne Woods (four) combining for nine goals between them, the Bulls had too much firepower in attack for the Sharks to counter when it mattered.
The Sharks led by 19 points midway through the second quarter but goals to Wynne and Woods halted the home side’s momentum before the major break and the match-winning third term blitz.
Veteran Sam Lehmann shone in the midfield for the victors along with acting captain Luke Hammond in the absence of Peter Taylor
Defenders Matt Baseden and Mitch Jackson toiled hard for the Sharks while Coen Marwick booted three goals in the losing affair.
On Saturday at Tigerland, Railways survived a big scare against Denmark-Walpole as the visitors kicked six goals in the second half to set up a tense finish.
The Tigers skipped clear in the second term as two goals each from red-hot midfielder Logan Stubber and Jamon Barrett in a run of six straight majors helped them take a 29-point lead in at the long break.
The Magpies stormed back into the contest however, led by Tyler Stone and Ryan Gaerth who both kicked goals to trim the margin to 12 points at the last change.
Sam Want extended the home side’s buffer to 17 points early in the last but the Magpies through Jared Lane and the returning Jaden Guidi made it six points with 90 seconds to play.
The Tigers prevailed in a nervous last minute, 10.14 (74) to 9.12 (66), as Logan Stubber and Craig Frost again shone while Haydn Sproxton helped quell Shane Zanetti.
Gaerth was superb along with Stone, Alec Haskins and Harrison Lill for the visitors who slump to 0-5 as a result.
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