Royals kicked away to their second win of the Great Southern Football League Women’s competition after a sluggish opening at Collingwood Park on Friday night. The Lions travelled to face North Albany in round two and the first quarter was a physical affair with neither side able to get on top. The game opened up in the second term and the Lions booted two majors to take a 14-point advantage into the main break. The home side were scoreless in the first half but got their first major on the board in the third, however the Lions were still moving the ball well and creating chances. Two more goals in the third helped the Lions open up a 21-point buffer going into the final term, with Georgina Lilford and Adelaide Crossing highly influential. The Lions won the final term, booting two goals to one, on their way to a 27-point triumph on the final siren. Gracie Gibson was again the focal point up front kicking two goals while the hard-working Rachael Goetze (one goal) and Megan Green (one) were also among the Lions’ best. Crossing won plenty of the ball for the winners and was well-supported by Georgina Lilford (one) while Henrietta Lilford kicked the other major. The Kangas were best served by Emmeline Cunningham, Alicia Van Schayk and Pippa Wilson in the 6.4 (40) to 2.1 (13) loss, while Kristie Cooper and Josie Western kicked majors for their side. The Lions are on top of the ladder after two wins from as many games to start the 2023 campaign and face last year’s grand finalist Denmark-Walpole in round three this week. In the other match played at Collingwood Park, a four-goal haul from Ellie White powered Railways to a 24-point victory over Mt Barker. White was the star for the reigning premiers as she booted four of her side’s five majors in the 5.12 (42) to 3.0 (18) win. The Tigers had opened up a 16-point buffer by half-time and despite their inaccuracy, kicking 2.8 in the last half, they won their second game of the season. Ksharna Coyne was terrific in midfield for the winners while Ruby Bradbury, Maggie Smit and Laura Cinanni (one goal) also impressed. For the Bulls, youngster Libby Morris (one goal) tried hard throughout and she was well-supported by Evie Waddington, Yasmine Langmead-Simmons and Saige Askevold. Albany also remain unbeaten after two rounds, holding on in a one-point thriller over the Magpies at Retravision Stadium. The Magpies led by four points at three-quarter time but a third goal of the night from Amarlie Weinert helped the Sharks snatch victory in the final term. Weinert’s three goals were decisive in the 3.0 (18) to 2.5 (17) result while Samantha Waltho, Poppy Rookea and Lindy Woods also won plenty of the ball for the winners. Ashlee Kerr, Isobelle Venn, Cheyenne Patterson and Sophie Oldfield led the way for the Magpies, while Laura Webster kicked their only two goals.