Royals end Tigers’ winning run

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Royals' Taylah Orzel looks to handball earlier this year.
Camera IconRoyals' Taylah Orzel looks to handball earlier this year. Credit: Laurie Benson

Reigning premiers Royals leapt to top spot after a gritty seven-point win over the previously undefeated Railways in round seven of the Great Southern Women’s Football League season last Friday.

Both the Lions and Tigers have a 6-1 win-loss record, having beaten each other once in the 2020 campaign.

The Lions moved to the top of the standings courtesy of their superior percentage after downing the Tigers in a low-scoring affair at Centennial Stadium.

One point was scored in the tough conditions in the opening three quarters before a Henrietta Lilford goal in the final term sealed the 1.1 (7) to nil victory for the home side.

Taylah Burt and Taylah Orzel won plenty of the ball for the Lions and they were well supported by Kylie Douglas and Rachael Goetze.

The Tigers’ winning streak came to an end despite the best efforts of Apryl Oreo, Tayla Volker and Maddie Dallimore.

It was a momentous night at Sounness Park as Mt Barker created history, winning their first-ever women’s game.

The Bulls had two goals on the board at half-time but their opponents Denmark-Walpole closed the margin to a single point by three-quarter-time. Two final-term majors helped deliver joyous scenes for the Bulls team, winning for the first time in their inaugural season.

Kate Harriss and Georgia Kowald both kicked goals and were named the Bulls’ best players in the six-point triumph while Yvette Ugle was lively and Joanne Porteous also played well.

Toni-Maree Olton (two goals) was the Magpies’ best contributor and Brittany Finigan and Ebony Thompson also toiled hard in the 3.2 (20) to 4.2 (26) loss.

In the other fixture, Albany kicked the only two goals of their clash with North Albany on the way to a 16-point win.

The GSWFL season is now on hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak with the WA Football Commission postponing all community football in the State until May 31. The grand final was set down for April 24.

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