Club favourite caps mile­stone in style

Albany Advertiser - - GSFL - Tayler Neale and Cameron New­bold

Roy­als cel­e­brated vet­eran Trevor Craig’s 150th league game in style with an em­phatic 102-point win over Al­bany in round 6 of the Great South­ern Foot­ball League com­pe­ti­tion at Cen­ten­nial Sta­dium on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Craig was chaired from the ground by his team­mates after his side broke the shack­les of the Sharks fol­low­ing quar­ter-time to notch a re­sound­ing 20.14 (134) to 4.8 (32) vic­tory.

Kick­ing with the breeze, the Sharks were in­ac­cu­rate in the open­ing quar­ter and trailed by 11 points after kick­ing 2.4.

The Lions then seized con­trol of the match in the sec­ond quar­ter as they piled on seven unan­swered goals to take a 56-point lead into the main break.

A five-goal-to-one third quar­ter ex­tended the ad­van­tage out to 80 points be­fore the Lions fin­ished off strongly to hold their place at the top of the ta­ble.

Sharks’ Nathan Woods re­ceived a red card in the third quar­ter for a late el­bow to Arana O’Byrne and

will face the tri­bunal later this week.

Mid­fielder Dave Parker, O’Byrne and Henry Hodge were im­pres­sive for the Lions through­out the con­test, while Harry Broomhall fin­ished with seven goals.

For the Sharks, Jake Stuart and Ste­wart Davies com­peted well and Michael Simp­son kicked two goals.

Lions coach James McRae was im­pressed with his side’s re­sponse to the Sharks’ early chal­lenge.

“They had some mo­men­tum in the first quar­ter but we got into ac­tion after quar­ter-time so that was re­ally pleasing,” he said.

Sharks coach Scott Sedg­wick said the Lions’ su­pe­rior fit­ness shone through.

“We used the ball well in the early stages but we just ran out of legs in the end,” he said.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

Al­bany's Luke Pit­man gets his kick away as Roy­als’ Ryan Flick tack­les.

Roy­als mile­stone player Trevor Craig is car­ried off by team­mates Rhys Jones and Nathan Pow­ell.

Roy­als play­ers cel­e­brate Trevor Craig's late goal.

Roy­als' Harry Broomhall jug­gles a mark in the goal square.

Roy­als’ Fraser Brad­bury kicks as Al­bany's Jordan Old­field moves in.

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