Lions grab de­cider spot with nail­bit­ing win

Albany Advertiser - - GSFL - Tayler Neale

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.

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