Railways upset North Albany in Anzac Day clash

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Railways' Zane Marwick tackles North Albany’s Stuart Parker.
Camera IconRailways' Zane Marwick tackles North Albany’s Stuart Parker. Credit: Laurie Benson

Railways have maintained their impressive record in Anzac Day matches against North Albany, skipping clear in the second half on their way to a 28-point win in front of a bumper crowd at Tigerland this afternoon.

The Tigers trailed by seven points at quarter time and hit the front midway through the second after a run of three consecutive goals to Zak Hortin, recruit Jayden Scott and returning forward Kenton Gibbs.

Railways’ Kenton Gibbs, the Anzac Medal winner.
Camera IconRailways’ Kenton Gibbs, the Anzac Medal winner.

Hortin kicked his fifth in the second and when Haydn Sproxton kicked truly the Tigers all of a sudden led by 17 points.

Two late majors to the Kangas steadied things and they trailed by only a goal at the main break.

After an exhausting first half, played at high intensity, the game slowed down in the third and the Tigers were able to maintain their advantage kicking three goals to two and take a 13-point buffer into the final change.

Urged on by a vocal home crowd the Tigers kicked the only three goals of the final term as they cruised to a 28-point win to complete the opening round of the Great Southern Football League season.

Gibbs was awarded the Anzac Medal for his brilliant aerial display and three valuable goals, his return the perfect tonic to a functioning forward line that also contained spearhead Zak Hortin (five goals) and a group of hungry smalls.

Zane Marwick was superb in the midfield, especially in the third term, to go with strong contributions from wingman Tom Wolfe and Joel Want, who booted two final term goals.

The Kangas could only manage two goals after half time as they succumb to the Tigers fierce pressure and tackling around the ball.

Matt Orzel and Jack McPhee worked hard throughout the contest in the midfield while Taj Williams showed good signs and kicked two goals.

Regan Lloyd looked dangerous in the first half with two majors while the returning Darcy Norman and centre half forward Luke Cameron also kicked two apiece.

The only sour note for the home side was the loss of midfielder Logan Stubber to a hip injury early in the second quarter.

Another big crowd was on hand to throw support behind the standalone Anzac Day fixture which the Tigers have now won on all three occasions.

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