Lions get up in low-scoring second round

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Royals are unbeaten in the GSWFL.
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Royals are the only unbeaten team in the new Great Southern Women’s Football League season after edging out Railways in a terrific round 2 contest at Centennial Stadium last Friday night.

Another strong crowd filed in to watch the Friday evening double- header and it was the Lions that emerged with a second win, downing their rivals by a single point despite only kicking one goal.

The Tigers kicked the first goal of the game but the home side were able to level up by quarter-time and they kicked the only three points of the second term.

Abby Duncan was terrific for the Lions along with Renae Parsons, but a second Tigers goal had the visitors up at the final change.

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Again, three points was enough, the only scores of the fourth term going to the Lions as they prevailed 1.7 (13) to 2.0 (12) at the final siren.

Lions coach Claire Hard kicked the only goal for her side while Bree Davy and Leah Field were also busy in the win.

Tiarna Delli-Benedetti was again impressive for the Tigers, winning a lot of possessions, and she was well supported by Rebecca Perry, Tahlie Larosa and Shelby Upson.

Two goals from star Laura Archer helped North Albany record their first win of the 2019 campaign, beating Albany by 11 points.

Both of Archer’s goals came in the first half as the defending premiers ran out winners, 2.7 (19) to 1.2 (8), with Nardia Humphries, Ashlyn Gardner and Archer all strong performers.

Miriam Ward, Mel Mettam and Tammy Cobain were the Sharks best players and their goal was kicked by forward Stephanie Grant.

In tonight’s round 3 fixtures at Collingwood Park, the Kangas take on the Lions and then the Tigers and Sharks face off.

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