Rd 2 Footy Wrap: Sharks off to historic start, Royals outrun Tigers in final term

Railways’ Bodhi Stubber and Royals’ Ryan Kinnear fight for the ball.  (Photo: Deanna Corrieri )

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Albany Sharks have won back-to-back games for the first time in their nine-year league history after holding on for an 18-point victory over a fast-finishing North Albany side on Sunday.

It’s a remarkable start to the season for Sharks after going through the entire 2020 season without a single win.

Albany set up their fourth ever League victory in the third term, scoring three goals to none to take a 31-point lead at the final change.

Jesse Barrett was the main threat up forward for Sharks, finishing with three goals, while Max Baker and Jack Adams chipped in for two apiece.

Star recruit Brett Peake couldn’t match his seven-goal effort from the week before, ending the day with just one major.

North Albany had their chances in attack but were incredibly wasteful in front of the big sticks.

The Kangaroos scored 4.15 after quarter time to kick themselves out of the contest.

Jyrin Woods bagged five majors for North, but the rest of the forward line couldn’t find their radar.

North rallied in the final term to send a few nerves through the Albany camp, but the Sharks held firm in the dying stages to record a famous 10.9(69) to 6.15(51) victory.

Railways’ Matt Palfrey flies for a mark.  (Photo: Deanna Corrieri )

The previous day, Royals extended their unbeaten run to 28 games, overcoming a slow start against Railways to run out 13-point winners at Centennial Stadium.

The Tigers brought the heat early on in a fiercely contested matchup, out pressuring the Lions in the first term to take a 15-point lead at quarter time.

As was expected, Royals responded in the second term, reducing the margin to eight points by half time with the likes of Michael McGlade and Cameron Allison finding form in the engine room.

Tigers veterans Craig Frost and Mitch Green were also having big days as they racked up the ball around the ground.

Trailing by three points at three-quarter time, Royals drew first blood in the final term as livewire forward Jayson Ford dribbled home, but Frost replied soon after to level the scores.

Big, bustling Lions full forward Rivah Bocian marked in the goal square and slotted home before Stephen Beal sunk Tigers hearts with a set shot to seal the 11.9 (75) to 9.9 (62) victory.

On a sour note for the Tigers, Kleeman medallist Joel Want sat on the bench in the second half with a suspected quad injury.

Over at McLean Oval, Denmark-Walpole got their 2021 campaign off and running with a 17-point win over Mount Barker.

The Magpies trailed by 15 points at quarter time before piling on six goals to none in the second term to arrest back ascendency from then on.

Denmark forward Dionne Woods snagged five goals, while midfielder Jayden Woods was highly influential in the 12.12(84) to 10.7(67) triumph.

Round 3 GSFL fixtures:

Denmark-Walpole vs North Albany

Saturday May 8, 2.30pm

McLean Oval

Sharks vs Royals

Sunday May 9, 2.30pm

Centennial Stadium

Railways vs Mount Barker

Sunday May 9, 2.30pm

Tigerland

 

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