Lions grab decider spot with nailbiting win
Royals 16s have progressed to the grand final after a nailbiting threepoint win against Railways at Centennial Stadium on Sunday morning.
The Lions led by 11 points at the last change before Taj Stubber booted two goals for the Tigers to give them a narrow lead with five minutes remaining.
The Lions responded as vicecaptain James Kirby slotted his second goal of the match to give them a four-point lead with two minutes left.
The Tigers had a chance to snatch victory after the siren when forward Jamon Barrett was awarded a free kick in the dying moments, but Barrett could only manage a minor score from a tight angle 25m out to finish at 6.7 (43) to 6.4 (40).
Warrick Proudlove medallist Harry Crane kicked two goals and provided plenty of run for his side, while Mitch Ballard and Cooper Henrickson gave good support.
For the Tigers, Mitch O’Neill accumulated plenty of possession through the middle of the ground, while Jacob Blight and Kyle Kowalski worked hard throughout the contest.
Meanwhile, Albany overcame a last-quarter challenge from North Albany to move into the colts grand final with an 11-point win.
The Kangas were 14 points down at the last change but looked to have the ascendancy after goals to Taj Williams and Harrison Smith.
However, a late goal to Bryce Blaskow settled the Sharks as they finished ahead 6.9 (45) to 5.6 (36).
The Sharks were led by Zainel and Zamal Bin Busu, while Digby Nuthall and Ted Batchelor impressed for the Kangas.
In the reserves preliminary final North Albany claimed a hardfought eight-point win against Railways to move into the grand final. After a slow start, the Kangas kicked four goals to one in the second term and managed to hold off the Tigers, 8.10 (58) to 8.2 (50).
Nathan Komene and Grant Freeborough were among the Kangas best while Caleb Gill and Hayden Davies played well for the Tigers.