Tigers clinch cracking Anzac Day contest

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Railways’ potent midfield has powered them to a season opening win in this afternoon’s Anzac Day clash against reigning premiers North Albany, played in front of a huge crowd at Tigerland.

More than 600 people were in attendance at the venue to witness the special Anzac Day clash which turned out to be a cracking contest that ended the first round of the Great Southern Football League season.

The Tigers made all the running in the first half as their midfield, led by Zane Marwick and Logan Stubber plus the additions of Ryan Hudson-Lovegrove and Joel Want, helped the home side to a convincing 29 point advantage at the main break.

Dominating possession and inside 50s the Tigers should have been further in front if not for some errant kicking on goal but late majors to midfield come forward Matt Van Schayk and a long range bomb from Laurie Dowsett gave them breathing space.

Like a side that has won the last three premierships the Kangas fired back after half time as Jack McPhee began to have an influence across half back and their midfield starting winning more of the ball.

The Kangas kicked the only two goals of the third term through recruit Beau Rogers and Luke Cameron to make it a 14 point margin at the last change.

Dom Knight kicked the first major of the last quarter to trim the margin to nine points but the Tigers were able to steady through full forward Coen Marwick as he kicked truly twice, the home side prevailing 9.12 (66) to 6.8 (44).

Zane Marwick was simply dominant with 44 disposals, 29 of which came in the opening half, while Logan Stubber, Jarrod Whittle and Van Schayk found plenty of the ball.

Railways’ Matt Van Schayk accepts the Lyndsay Hortin Medal for his best on ground performance in the Anzac Day match.
Camera IconRailways’ Matt Van Schayk accepts the Lyndsay Hortin Medal for his best on ground performance in the Anzac Day match. Credit: Laurie Benson

Van Schayk was awarded the Lyndsay Hortin Medal for best on ground in the match, his three goals and vital clearance work a key to the Tigers victory.

The Kangas were left to rue their first half in the midfield but McPhee, Jake Becroft and Matt Orzel all stood out in a vastly different side to the one that clinched a third straight flag last season.

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