Railways, Royals win semis

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser
Albany’s Melissa Mettam and Royals’ Kylie Douglas contest the ball.
Camera IconAlbany’s Melissa Mettam and Royals’ Kylie Douglas contest the ball. Credit: Liam Croy

Royals will take on Railways in the Great Southern Women’s Football League grand final after both clubs won contrasting semifinals on Friday night.

The Lions continued their perfect season after powering away from Albany in the second half to record a comfortable 38-point win.

An impressive five-goal haul from full-forward Gracie Gibson led the way in the Lions’ impressive second half where they added five goals and kept the Sharks goalless.

Only one goal was scored in the first half as the Sharks fought hard to trail by six points at half-time before the Lions through midfielders Abby Duncan, Renae Parsons and Tahlia Scott flexed their muscles.

The Sharks were well served by Renae Cunningham, Lauren Stubbings, Hannah Penson and Brittany Ward in the loss.

The Lions will now face-off in their second consecutive GSWFL grand final and take on the Tigers who progressed narrowly in a low-scoring tussle against reigning premiers North Albany.

Just two goals were scored for the match in the first and last quarters as the Tigers held on by three points to reach their first grand final.

Madison Dallimore booted the first goal for the match in the opening term before the Tigers were held goalless for the remainder of the match.

The Kangas kicked their sole major of the contest in the final term through Skye Cordon but the Tigers three behinds in the quarter was enough to escape with the win, 1.4 (10) to 1.1 (7).

Dallimore, Darcy Ward, Tahlie Larosa and Tiarna Deli-Benedetti were the Tigers best while Anita Onions, Cordon, Laura Archer and Mikayla Archbold battled hard for the Kangas.

The GSWFL grand final will be held at Centennial Stadium this Friday at 6pm.

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