Tigers trounce Lions to remain clear on top
Railways have all but secured the minor premiership in the Great Southern Football League after handing Royals a 57-point thrashing at Centennial Stadium this afternoon.
A dominant nine-goal-to-one second-half came after the Tigers arrested the momentum from the Lions late in the second term to go on and win, 15.14 (104) to 6.11 (47).
The Lions began sprightly and led as much as 18 points in the second quarter on the back of the dominance of big man Andrew Ruck who returned from injury.
But the Tigers booted the last three goals of the quarter to lead by five points at the major break after captain Bodhi Stubber kicked truly on the siren.
From there the Tigers were dominant led by forward Tom Palfrey (four goals), the consistent Kenton Gibbs in attack and Stubber in defence.
The Lions were well served by Ruck, Corey Ward and Cent Amores but lacked any potency after half time as their percentage took a serious hit.
The Tigers remain two games clear on top of the table with two rounds of the regular season to play.
In today’s other game Albany’s Jake Stuart created history becoming the first player in Sharks history to play 100 league games but North Albany proved too strong for his side at Collingwood Park.
The Kangas kicked the first three goals of the game to state their intentions but led by only eight points after the Sharks fought back strongly, led by Bryce Blaszkow.
However a seven-goal second term really set up the Kangas emphatic 70-point win as they took control of the contest to open up a significant advantage.
Alex Pearce roamed freely to finish with four goals and plenty of the ball in a highly influential display while Nic Barrow, Graham Ross and Mitch Lenegan were also strong contributors in the 18.17 (125) to 7.13 (55) win.
Blazskow was outstanding in the midfield while Stuart played one of his best games in his major milestone.
Mitch Jackson did some nice things while Brock Anning and Hasmish Fuller were also solid.
Mt Barker kept their slim top two hopes alive yesterday with after prevailing in a high-scoring round 13 affair over Denmark-Walpole at Sounness Park.
The Bulls kicked 11 goals after half time as veteran Dionne Woods finished with a bag of seven majors but the game belonged to young midfielder Joel Gray after his brilliant 44 possessions.
Gray was clearly best-afield in the match as he finished with 44 touches and 12 marks to set up the 28-point win.
The Kleemann Medal contender racked up 16 disposals in the third, a number of which led to Woods’ goals, and then had 11 more in the final term as his side got home 19.7 (121) to 14.9 (93).
Woods booted four of his seven in the third as the Bulls celebrated Steven Scott’s 150th game with a deserving win.
The Magpies hopes of a second win over the Bulls this season were dealt a blow when Shayne Zanetti and Codey Baxter both missed the game through injury.
After conceding the first three goals of the game the Magpies hit back with Liam Park booting three and Dylan Judd also finding the big sticks to give the visitors an eight-point advantage at the first change.
Tyler Stone worked tirelessly all over the ground and veteran Simon Barker was superb but their side was unable to hit the front in the second half.
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