Lions’ goal kicking power

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Royals' Taylah Orzel.
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Royals secured their third win on the trot, kicking another big score in round five of the Great Southern Women’s Football League at Centennial Stadium last Friday night.

After kicking nine goals last week, the Lions finished with seven majors as they skipped clear of rivals Mt Barker after half-time.

The victory was the Lions’ third straight as three final-quarter goals helped them to a 42-point win over the Bulls.

Hayley Ashboth was the star up front, booting three majors and Gracie Gibson added two as the work of Taylah Orzel, Rachael Goetze and Abby Duncan proved vital in the 7.13 (55) to 2.1 (13) result.

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Georgia Kowald (one goal) played well for the Bulls, who are winless from the first complete round of fixtures while Tahlia McRoberts and Jenna Blight were also impressive.

In the earlier game played on the main stadium oval, Railways maintained their perfect record after overcoming a spirited Albany by four points. The ladder leaders were tested for the full four quarters but they hit the front in the third term and after a goal each in the last term, it was the Tigers who prevailed 3.6 (24) to 3.2 (20).

Lily Wilsher-Saa was outstanding for the winners, along with Ellie White and Maddie Dallimore, who both kicked goals.

Abbigail-Louise Ballard and Emma Stone were among the Sharks’ better players.

The third fixture was played on an adjacent ground at the Centennial precinct and North Albany came away victors in an enthralling contest.

Denmark-Walpole controlled the first half and led by five points at three-quarter-time before the Kangas stormed home to win by eight points.

Aaliyah Ford, Ashlyn Gardner and Christina Gill were terrific for the Kangas while Erika Tharratt and Rebecca MacDonald (one goal) tried everything to get the Magpies a second win.

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