Tigers extend unbeaten streak, Magpies back in the top four after second win

Staff reportersAlbany Advertiser
Railways' Shane Braimbridge attacks the ball as North Albany's Ted Batchelor gives chase.
Camera IconRailways' Shane Braimbridge attacks the ball as North Albany's Ted Batchelor gives chase. Credit: Laurie Benson

Railways have marched to a sixth straight win to start the Great Southern Football League season after producing a dominant final term against North Albany at Collingwood Park this afternoon.

The Tigers led by 22 points at half time in an absorbing contest and in a grinding third term were able to stretch that margin to 27 points.

The visitors were simply too classy in the fourth quarter however as they booted seven goals to one on their way to an emphatic 64-point victory.

Teenager Nelson Kent was superb in the midfield and up forward where he booted five goals, winning the match day ball for Talk To A Mate round as a result while Joel Want and Mitch Green had strong influences on the game.

Kenton Gibbs (four goals), the returning Logan Stubber (three) and resting midfielder Zane Marwick (three) were all multiple goal kickers as well.

Railways' Nelson Kent leads North Albany's Connor Spinks to the ball.
Camera IconRailways' Nelson Kent leads North Albany's Connor Spinks to the ball. Credit: Albany Advertiser

The Kangas went in without a number of regulars, including Matt Orzel, Mitch Lenegan and Stef Ericson but they were undone by their opponents slick ball movement and transition.

Injuries to Nic Barrow (hand), Michael Trevenen (concussion) and Jacob Hobbs (knee) added further pain to the heavy defeat.

Yesterday Denmark-Walpole climbed back into the top four with a hard-fought 25 point win over Albany in pristine conditions at McLean Park.

Five goals from Tyler Stone in the opening half and another prominent display from Jaden Guidi had the Magpies 12 points ahead at the main break.

The Sharks had done well to remain in touch and when Rick Wallis snapped the first major of the second half the game was very much alive.

But the Magpies hit back with the next three goals to steady the ship and they pushed the deficit out to 30 points by three quarter time, which included Stone kicking a sixth.

The Magpies kicked the first two goals of the last to effectively end the contest before the Sharks came again with their young brigade still working hard, Fraser Eaton, Bryce Blaszkow and Zainel Bin Busu all winning plenty of the ball.

Sharks kicked the final three goals of the game but it was not enough as they went down gallantly, 11.4 (70) to 15.5 (95).

Ryan Gaerth (29 possessions and one goal), Stone and Guidi (one goal) were all superb as the Magpies won their second game of the season.

The Sharks effort was again full of merit as Pearson finished with a six-goal haul while Dylan Gowdie, Bin Busu and Eaton were all impressive.

Mt Barker's Joel Gray and Royals' Trent Nesbitt vie for possession.
Camera IconMt Barker's Joel Gray and Royals' Trent Nesbitt vie for possession. Credit: Albany Advertiser

At Centennial Stadium yesterday, a match-winning nine goal haul from spearhead Kym Monteath propelled Mt Barker to an impressive 31 point win over Royals.

The Bulls held off a surge from the Lions in the third term but through Monteath, impressive youngster Joel Gray and defender Ty Miller the visitors responded to win 15.12 (102) to 11.5 (71).

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