Red-hot Royals produce premiership hat-trick
Royals have stamped their authority on the sixteens competition, becoming the first club to win three consecutive sixteens premierships with a 24-point victory over Mt Barker at Centennial Stadium.
The Lions finished minor premiers having lost one game all year but they were challenged by a determined Bulls outfit who simply wouldn’t go away.
Ahead by eight points at the last change, the Lions put the game beyond doubt with four goals to two in the final term as Lorcan McNamara bobbed up with two clutch finishes.
Chasing their first sixteens grand final win since 2015, the Bulls stayed in the contest for the first three quarters led by star Arthur Jones and captain Tristan Ballard.
Jones kicked the only goal of the first quarter as his side led by three points at the first change.
The Lions responded in the second term booting two goals to one to take a one-goal lead into the main change.
McNamara’s two goals plus majors from the hardworking Carson Flower and Saxon Henrickson guided the Lions to the hat-trick of flags, 7.13 (55) to 5.1 (31).
Ryley Valli was very important in the win, his display across half-back earning best-on-ground honours, while McNamara, Ben Altus and Flower were also key contributors.
Jones was the Bulls’ best performer, Josh Davenport kicked two majors and Ballard worked hard all day in the defeat.
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