North crush rivals after slow start

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

North Albany celebrated veteran Grant Corcoran's 100th game in style, cruising to a 135-point win over Albany at Centennial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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.

Midfielders 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).

The Kangas produced 15 individual goal kickers in the convincing win as the Sharks were kept to only four goals, coming at the start of the first and third quarters.

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Orzel and the lively Jesse Wynne each booted three goals, while the returning Kris Ericson was one of a host of multiple goal kickers, kicking two in the first half.

The 2010 Kleemann medallist was not required after half-time, spending the second half on the bench with key onballer Jack McPhee, who appeared restricted by injury from early on in the match.

Recruit Michael Simpson (two goals) was a shining light for the Sharks in the centre of the ground along with ruckman Stewart Davies and Jordan Oldfield.

The win leaves the Kangas one win and percentage away from the top two on the ladder, with the two-week bye for the Landmark Country Football Championships and with season defining encounters against Mt Barker and Royals to come.

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