Lions overrun Bulls in spiteful clash to reclaim top spot
Royals have won a spiteful top of the table clash, booting seven goals in a crucial last term to overrun Mt Barker by 22 points at Sounness Park in round 8 of the Great Southern Football League this afternoon.
Despite a host of regulars missing the Bulls kicked seven of the first nine goals in the game to lead by more than 30 points midway through the second term as Robbie Farmer, Nic Chidgzey and Nathan Skinner all had two goals apiece.
The Lions were able to steady with three goals before half time but they still trailed by 17 points at the long break.
In a dour third term neither side were able to get any real momentum as more than 21 minutes elapsed without a goal being kicked but Corey Ward finally snapped that drought to get the Lions back in touch.
Ward kicked a second in between several melees breaking out as tempers boiled over between the two sides.
Two scuffles, one at half forward and one on the wing, lasted more than a minute as the feeling ramped right up on the verge of three quarter time.
Trailing by only seven points, the Lions kicked the first three goals of the all-important final term to hit the lead for the first time and they ran away with it from there to record a 14.7 (91) to 10.9 (69) victory.
Hamish McMorran was terrific along with midfielders Dave Parker, Arana O’Byrne and Henry Hodge while Sam Baddeley-Holmes, who was involved in plenty of the niggle, finished with four majors.
The Bulls lost Farmer to an Achilles injury after he snared the first two goals of the game but were best served by Chidgzey, Ty Miller and Corey Byrne.
North Albany celebrated veteran Grant Corcoran's 100th game in style, cruising to a dominant 135 point win over Albany at Centennial Stadium.
In front of a small crowd, the Kangas overcame a slow start as the Sharks booted two early goals but from there the reigning premiers took control.
Matt Orzel, Brock Ramsay and Corcoran were industrious in slippery conditions throughout as the Kangas extended their lead at every change to run out winners 23.21 (159) to 4.0 (24).
A 38-point win for Railways against Denmark-Walpole at McLean Oval today has put a serious dent in the Magpies finals hopes as they slump to 1-7 heading into the two-week break.
A five-goal-to-one opening quarter put the Tigers in the box seat as they managed to maintain a buffer before kicking away in the last to finish ahead, 14.8 (92) to 8.6 (54).
Zane Marwick was prolific through the midfield while wingman Dylan Schorer had a breakout game for the Tigers.
Onballer Ryan Gaerth stood out for the Magpies.
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