Lions veteran marks 150th with a win

Staff reportersAlbany Advertiser

Royals have celebrated veteran Trevor Craig’s 150th league game in style with an emphatic 102-point win over Albany in round 6 of the Great Southern Football League competition at Centennial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Lions stalwart finally reached the major milestone after being stranded on 141 games for six years while living in the north of WA, and pushed forward late in the game to cap his day with a goal.

Royals milestone player Trevor Craig celebrates a late goal with Shayden Worth.
Camera IconRoyals milestone player Trevor Craig celebrates a late goal with Shayden Worth. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Craig was chaired from the ground by his teammates after his side broke the shackles of the Sharks following quarter time to notch a resounding victory, 20.14 (134) to 4.8 (32).

Forward Harry Broomhall was recalled and kicked seven majors while Joel Flick finished with three to go with strong performances from midfielders David Parker and Henry Hodge.

The Sharks had plenty of the ball early in the contest and trailed by only 11 points at quarter time but they couldn’t sustain that pressure as the Lions booted seven unanswered goals in the second term.

Railways bounced back their loss to Mt Barker in impressive fashion, beating North Albany by 16 points at Collingwood Park also on Saturday.

The Tigers began strongly but their 20-point quarter time lead quickly evaporated as the Kangas piled on the first four goals of the second term.

But the Tigers showed great resilience as they fought back with four of their own to still go into half time ahead.

In the second half the margin blew out to 36 points in favour of the visitors as they moved the ball well from half back but the Kangas kept coming and a second goal to Jake Becroft had his side down by 17 points at the last break.

Railways' Matt Van Schayk shrugs the tackle of North Albany's Michael Wright.
Camera IconRailways' Matt Van Schayk shrugs the tackle of North Albany's Michael Wright. Credit: Albany Advertiser

It was a tense final term as the rain began to fall but both sides could only conjure one goal apiece as the Tigers held on, 13.11 (89) to 10.13 (73).

Tayler Neale was brilliant off half back for the winners and Joel Want stepped up to kick four goals, which all came at important moments in the game.

Matt Orzel and Jack McPhee again led the way for the Kangas.

An eight-goal haul from goal sneak Kym Monteath set up Mt Barker’s 55-point win over Denmark-Walpole at Sounness Park.

An accurate Monteath booted half of the Bulls goal tally in the percentage boosting win over the Magpies, 16.15 (111) to 8.8 (56).

The Bulls only led by 17 at the half time after the Magpies bridged the quarter time gap but from the major break it was all the home side who booted ten goals to four.

Wingman Brendan Wynne and veteran on baller Nic Chidgzey gave endless supply despite key players Matt Smith (eye) and captain Sam Lehmann (hand) playing no part from quarter time.

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