Tigers power to third straight win

Cameron Newbold & Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser
Railways’ Logan Stubber received the Belt-Up Round match ball for his best-afield efforts against Albany on Sunday.
Camera IconRailways’ Logan Stubber received the Belt-Up Round match ball for his best-afield efforts against Albany on Sunday.

With emotions running high at Tigerland, Railways have powered to a dominant 106-point victory over Albany to complete round 4 of the Great Southern Football League this afternoon.

The Tigers played inspired football in the opening half as they were errant in front of goal in the first term but still managed five goals and added another five in the second to take a 63-point advantage into the main break.

A goal on the half time siren from Sharks’ Robbie Lee ended a run of 10 straight Tigers goals and Kieran Gowie got the visitors a second early in the third term.

The Tigers kept finding answers however as Craig Frost controlled the half back line and the form of damaging midfielder Logan Stubber continued, the home side booting five goals to three to extend the margin ever further.

The Sharks could only manage three points in the final term as the Tigers finished full of running, powering to a 20.18 (138) to 4.8 (32) victory.

Logan Stubber won the match ball as part of Belt-Up Round, his 36 touches and two goals telling, while Mitch Green, Frost, Bodhi Stubber and Zak Hortin (six goals) joined him in the best players.

The Sharks were well led by Taj Williams, Coen Marwick and Bryce Blaszkow.

North Albany remain undefeated after breaking clear of Mt Barker in the final term to record their fourth consecutive win to start the season by 16 points at Sounness Park yesterday.

Three clever last-quarter-goals from forward Jyrin Woods proved decisive as the Kangas through weight of scoring opportunities in the final term, prevented the Bulls from notching an impressive home win.

North Albany's Alex Pearce marks ahead of Mt Barker's Rhys Hogg.
Camera IconNorth Albany's Alex Pearce marks ahead of Mt Barker's Rhys Hogg. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

With former Gold Coast and Port Adelaide footballer Nathan Krakouer returning to his hometown as a key recruit for the Bulls, the home side led by three points at the final change but could only manage one goal in the last term.

The 12.12 (84) to 9.14 (68) win from the Kangas was highlighted by the impressive early season form of midfielder Nathan Crudeli while the loss of captain Peter Taylor to a thigh injury in the third quarter hurt the Bulls.

Royals have held off a second half challenge from Denmark-Walpole to return to the winners list in their clash at Centennial Stadium yesterday.

The Lions started strongly and had seven goals on the board at half time as they led the visitors by 29 points with Dave and Brayden Parker influential along with Brody Ogle (two goals).

The Magpies kicked the last goal of the first half and began the third with a flurry as Jared Lane kicked two in a couple of minutes and then ruckman Kalin Lane made it three goals on the trot to pull the deficit back to eight points.

A steadying goal from youngster Tyreice Brown restored a 14-point buffer for the Lions heading into the last term.

Royals' Corey Ward kicks.
Camera IconRoyals' Corey Ward kicks. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

The Lions kicked the first two majors of the final term, through Casey Ganzer and Dave Parker, to all but end the contest as they went on to record a third win of the year.

Magpies ball magnet Dave MacDonald was awarded the Belt-Up Round match ball for his impressive game in a losing affair.

Dave Parker, Corey Ward and Brayden Parker were all outstanding in the 12.9 (81) to 8.9 (57) win with Jaiden Alison finishing with three goals.

Jared Lane booted three majors for the Magpies with Tyler Stone, MacDonald and Luke Hutcheson all strong contributors.

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