Rebounding Railways go back-to-back

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GSFL Reserves premiers, Railways.
Camera IconGSFL Reserves premiers, Railways. Credit: Laurie Benson

Railways secured back-to-back reserves premierships after an epic final quarter, coming from 28 points down at three-quarter-time against Royals in Sunday’s grand final.

After beating the same side in last year’s grand final, history repeated itself as the Tigers prevailed by seven points in a heart-stopper.

A last-quarter blitz from high-flying forward Tom Palfrey turned the game on its head, guiding the Tigers to a come-from-behind win.

Jim Hull medallist Railways Tom Palfrey with Jim Hull.
Camera IconJim Hull medallist Railways Tom Palfrey with Jim Hull. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Palfrey kicked four last-quarter goals to be the match winner, before defender Michael Parker slotted a set shot from 50m out to put his side in front by a goal with less than three minutes left.

The Tigers needed something special in the final term and Palfrey delivered, booting the first two goals as his side gathered momentum.

Railways' Chris Wallace gets his kick away as Royals' Jake Puls applies pressure.
Camera IconRailways' Chris Wallace gets his kick away as Royals' Jake Puls applies pressure. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Jaiden Alison kicked one against the tide in the fourth but it wasn’t enough to stop the Tigers’ run-on as Palfrey, Jayden Scott and Parker, all with league experience, got their side home, 11.8 (74) to 10.7 (67).

The Lions led by a slender three points at quarter-time after kicking to the end favoured by the wind, and they pushed the margin out to 13 points early in the second before Ryan Harper kicked two goals in as many minutes to bring the margin back to one-point.

Darcy Lambert marked strongly and converted after the half-time siren to put the Tigers up by four points.

Royals' Shane Buss gets his kick away underpressure from Railways' Hamish Walker.
Camera IconRoyals' Shane Buss gets his kick away underpressure from Railways' Hamish Walker. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

The third term belonged to the Lions as they piled on five unanswered goals and kept their opponents scoreless.

Two came off the boot of full--forward Kodie Inman.

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