Lions grand final bound after brushing aside Tigers
Royals are through to their second grand final in the last three years, eclipsing Railways by 34 points in the second semifinal at Centennial Stadium this afternoon.
The Lions led from start to finish, as they stormed to a 13th straight win and qualified directly into the 2019 GSFL decider in a fortnight.
The margin got out to 39 points twice in the third term before the Tigers kicked two goals heading into three quarter time to pull the deficit back to 26 points.
There visitors needed quick goals in the last and Logan Stubber slotted his second to make it 21 points exactly one minute into the fourth and the Tigers had some hope.
However the Lions, as they had done all day, found the answers as goals from damaging ball user Jordan Heil and then Hamish McMorran ensured the 12.9 (81) to 7.5 (47) result.
Heil was outstanding for the Lions, shining across the four quarters while the influence of Michael McGlade and Poch Amores was telling.
Key forward Taylor Powell was a constant headache for the Tigers, hitting the post twice early on before he beat a couple of opponents to finish with a game-high four goals.
Jayson Ford (three goals) was electric before he was crunched in a heavy Bodhi Stubber tackle and played no further part in the game.
The Tigers captain was one of their best contributors along with Craig Frost, Kenton Gibbs and ruckman Shane Braimbridge while Logan Stubber kicked two majors.
A preliminary final awaits the Tigers with their opponent known after tomorrow’s elimination final.
Earlier in the day the Tigers made it straight through to the colts grand final, trouncing the Lions by 71 points.
The Tigers led by 34 points at half time and kicked four goals in the third to guarantee the result, as Jonah Muir and Cyrus Upson both added their second goals of the game.
The Lions managed to break their goal drought in the last, through Seb Stanton, but they were soundly beaten 1.3 (9) to 11.14 (80).
Kynan Gilbert booted three goals while Harry Hordacre and Jaxon McLean set up the Tigers victory.
In the other grades the Lions booked a grand final berth in both the sixteens and reserves.
The Lions won by 36 points in the sixteens, kicking clear of the Tigers after half time, while the Lions prevailed by 35 points in a low-scoring reserves encounter.
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