North into fifth straight GF with 82-point belting

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North Albany have progressed to their fifth straight grand final with an 82-point belting of Royals in today's second semifinal at Collingwood Park.

The Kangas kicked five goals in first term to set up the victory and had a 32 point buffer by half time. With Ray Padfield running rampant in the midfield along with Matt Orzel and Grant Corcoran, the home side pushed the margin out the further the game went on.

Jesse Wynne finished with six goals in another telling display while Padfield's superb day was capped with two goals.

The Lions were smashed at the stoppages and kicked their one and only goal inside the final five minutes of the last term.

Tyron Smallwood was a shining light in the heavy defeat and fellow youngster Tom Baldwin was also a strong contributor.

Adding to their woes with Dave Parker and Peter Mark already out injured, the Lions also went in without key target Sam Baddeley-Holmes and lacked options up front.

Kangas' Luke Cameron came off the ground dazed midway through the third term with what looked liked concussion and played no further part in the game.

The Kangas have booked their place in the Great Southern Football League decider while the Lions will now face the winner of tomorrow's first semifinal.

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