North Albany colts storm into Great Southern Football League preliminary final after late charge

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North Albany's Rhori Williams-Jolley starred with three majors.
Camera IconNorth Albany's Rhori Williams-Jolley starred with three majors. Credit: Laurie Benson

Two final-quarter goals propelled North Albany to an upset 12-point victory over Railways in the Great Southern Football League colts first semifinal at McLean Park on Sunday.

Scores were level heading into the pulsating final term but it was the Kangas who prevailed 8.12 (60) to 7.6 (48), to book their place in this Sunday’s preliminary final.

The Kangas held a three-point advantage at the first change before the Tigers kicked three goals to one in the second term to lead by nine points at the main break.

However the Kangas booted three goals to two and levelled the scores by three-quarter-time before producing an inspired final term to eliminate the Tigers.

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Rhori Williams-Jolley was fantastic across half-back and booted three goals while ruckman Lucas Ravenhill and midfielder Heath Ravenhill were also instrumental.

Andrew Smith (two goals) and Toby Hall were the Tigers best players.

Denmark-Walpole continued their strong form in the reserves as they finished 32-point winners over Albany.

The Magpies led by 27 points at the main change after keeping their opponents goalless in the first half and they held firm in the second half on their way to a preliminary final berth.

Cody Bennell and Dionne Woods were influential in the win with two goals each and Jono Woods was the link-up man in defence.

The Sharks advanced through to the preliminary final in the sixteens as they emerged 33-point victors against Mt Barker.

Seven first-half goals set up the victory as they led by 48 points before they held off a fast-finishing Bulls outfit in the second half.

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