Pages’ winning snap seals Tigers win

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Railways' Madison Dallimore evades North Albany’s Juliette Storm.
Camera IconRailways' Madison Dallimore evades North Albany’s Juliette Storm. Credit: Cameron Newbold

A last-minute snap from Kelly Pages helped Railways pinch a thrilling five-point win to start the 2019 Great Southern Women’s Football League at Tigerland last Friday night.

In front of a healthy crowd of more than 300 spectators, the second instalment of the GSWFL coincided with International Women’s Day.

In a contested, low-scoring affair, the Tigers trailed at half- time and three-quarter time but locked the ball in their attacking half for much of the fourth term.

North Albany's Nardi Humphries gets around Railways' Shiaye Young.
Camera IconNorth Albany's Nardi Humphries gets around Railways' Shiaye Young. Credit: Cameron Newbold

With Madison Dallimore, Shelby Upson and Tiarna Delli-Benedetti driving the Tigers forward constantly, they were eventually able to break the goal drought.

Inside the final minute, Pages gathered a loose ball and ran around to snap a clutch goal that handed her side their first win of the season, 1.3 (9) to 0.4 (4).

Railways' Tiarna Delli-Benedetti and North Albany's Juliette Storm vie for possession.
Camera IconRailways' Tiarna Delli-Benedetti and North Albany's Juliette Storm vie for possession.

The Kangas were best served by captain Laura Archer, who dominated in the middle of the ground, and she was well supported by Nardia Humphries and Su-Nami Matsumoto.

Railways' Mereana Wynne breaks clear.
Camera IconRailways' Mereana Wynne breaks clear. Credit: Cameron Newbold

In the second game of round 1, Royals finished convincing winners over Albany after a six goal to nil first half.

The Lions had three goals on the board by quarter-time and kicked three more in the second as they opened up a 37-point buffer on the back of strong work from Kylie Douglas and Abby Duncan.

Douglas was the star in the Lions’ 39-point triumph as she booted two majors and won plenty of the ball while Duncan, Tahlia Scott and Ivy Parsons (two goals) also impressed.

Stephanie Grant kicked the Sharks’ only goal in the third term and their side was best served by Shona Hardy and skipper Mel Mettam in the 1.4 (10) to 7.7 (49) loss.

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