Local clubs bring home spoils from Borden X Cup

Michael TraillAlbany Advertiser
North Albany won the Borden X Cup.
Camera IconNorth Albany won the Borden X Cup. Credit: Michael Traill

North Albany have claimed the 2019 Borden X Cup, knocking off Lake Grace-Pingrup in methodical fashion during the AFLX tournament decider on Saturday.

A 1.15.8 (108) to 01.3.1 (29) thumping of Katanning in round four of the round robin all but secured the Kangas’ place on top of pool A, edging out Warperup, the only team to defeat them during the cup.

Luke Cameron nailed a 10-point super goal for the Kangas early in the decider.

Another super goal to Alex Pearce after a quick succession of goals gave the Kangas a commanding advantage going into half-time.

The Kangas work rate at stoppages choked Lake Grace-Pingrup’s attempt of finding any rhythm before the break, as the Kangas held a 2.5.2 (52) to 1.1.2 (18) lead after the first 10-minute half.

Mt Barker’s Jack Horrocks steam rolls through a pack.
Camera IconMt Barker’s Jack Horrocks steam rolls through a pack. Credit: Richard Poulish

Lake Grace-Pingrup had better passages of play in the second half, and a massive super goal from Will Cook inside their defensive 40m arc gave some hope.

But the Kangas were again too strong at the contest, while Pearce torn through Lake Grace-Pingrup’s defence, finishing with one super goal and four goals.

The Kangas ran home in the end, recording a 2.10.6 (86) to 2.4.5 (49) win, Pearce was named man of the match for his 34-point haul.

Regan Smith from Lake Grace-Pingrup won player of the day honours.

Royals’ Cameron Allison looks to dish off.
Camera IconRoyals’ Cameron Allison looks to dish off. Credit: Richard Poulish

Other Great Southern Football League teams that participated in the competition were Royals, Albany and Mt Barker.

The Lions finished second in pool B to narrowly miss a place in the final after wins over the Sharks, Gnowangerup, Gibson and Narrogin.

The Sharks thumped Gibson by 52 points and also beat Gnowangerup while drawing with grand finalists Lake Grace-Pingrup to finish fourth in their pool.

The Bulls lost all their matches to sit at the foot of the pool A standings.

PBullet Railway after their Fast 5 netball victory.
Camera IconPBullet Railway after their Fast 5 netball victory. Credit: Borden X Cup

In the Fast 5 grand final, a combination of local players from Mt Barker Bullets and Railways joined forces to win the netball decider by one point.

Bullet Railway proved too strong as the Great Southern ladies beat Allstars, 20-19.

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