Lions prevail to give Curnow and Jones winning milestones

Staff reportersAlbany Advertiser

Royals pair Mitch Curnow and Rhys Jones have celebrated their major individual milestones in style as the Lions overran Railways in the final term to secure victory in a terrific match to end round 7 of the Great Southern Football League season this afternoon.

Curnow playing his 200th league game for the Lions ran out alongside close mate Jones who was featuring in his 150th match as their side were simply too good in the final term, kicking five goals to one on their way to a memorable triumph.

Little separated the two sides all day in a fast, free flowing contest but the Tigers led by a slender five points at the major break thanks mainly to full forward Coen Marwick who had four goals.

The Lions were able to get back on level terms by three quarter time as they kicked four majors in the third term but the visitors had all the answers in the all-important last stanza.

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Former Tiger Cam Smith kicked the Lions first of the last quarter and Sam Baddeley-Holmes nailed his first not long after to stretch the margin to 13 points.

Logan Stubber briefly gave the Tigers some life at the other end but the Lions kicked the final three goals of the match to notch victory, 15.11 (101) to 11.10 (76), at Tigerland.

As part of Talk To A Mate Round, Smith received the match ball after being judged best afield by the umpires with four goals.

Jaxon Nottle (three goals), Baddeley-Holmes, Dave Parker and Corey Ward were also instrumental in the result.

Coen Marwick finished with five majors for the Tigers, player-coach Craig Frost worked tirelessly along with Ethan Knee and Zane Marwick (two goals).

Meanwhile yesterday Mt Barker produced a 186-point thumping of Albany at Centennial Stadium.

The Bulls kicked seven goals to none in the opening quarter and never looked back to finish with a percentage boosting, 30.18 (198) to 2.0 (12) win.

Mt Barker's Daniel Dalby gets his handball clear.
Camera IconMt Barker's Daniel Dalby gets his handball clear. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Tyson Sujdovic won the game ball for best afield, finishing with three goals while Daniel Parker bagged eight majors and Daniel Dalby kicked seven.

Fraser Eaton worked hard all day for the Sharks in a disappointing performance in which their only two goals came in the last quarter.

Out at McLean Park in the other Saturday fixture, North Albany took control after quarter time against Denmark-Walpole to record a 56-point win.

Taj Williams booted four goals for the Kangas as did Magpies star Tyler Stone, the loss leaving the home side with just one win from their first seven games.

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