By Michael Roberts | posted on September 3, 2020
DENMARK-Walpole took a big step towards securing a home semi-final in this year’s Great Southern Football League, with a 50-point demolition of North Albany at McLean Oval on Saturday.
The Magpies tore apart a Kangaroos side who had been in red hot form heading into the Round 8 clash, outscoring their opponents in every quarter to finish 11.7 (73) to 3.4 (23) victors.
Veteran defender Alec Haskins was huge for Denmark-Walpole across the half-back line in a best-on-ground performance, while lively forward Dionne Woods finished with three goals.
North Albany’s highly touted midfield was well down on its usual output, with young gun Talon Delacey and ball magnet Addison Dew struggling to get on top.
The Magpies jumped out of the blocks in the first term on a windy day in Denmark, booting the first three goals of the game to take a 16-point lead at quarter time.
Shayne Zanetti was dominant in the ruck for Denmark-Walpole, giving the likes of nuggety midfielder Jayden Woods an advantage in the clearance battle.
Denmark-Walpole extended their lead to 28-points early on in the second term as North Albany wasted some golden opportunities in front of goal.
The Kangaroos’ Jeffrey Fitzpatrick took a number of contested marks in the forward 50, but was only able to convert one of his three set shots in the first half.
The away side had only managed one goal as they walked off at the main break.
Delacey gave his side some hope of a miraculous comeback when he kicked the first goal of the third quarter.
But Denmark-Walpole soon snuffed that out, kicking the next three majors to take a commanding 42-point lead at last change.
The 50-point win sets up a mouth-watering Round 10 clash against Rail- ways, with the winner likely to finish second on the ladder.
Meanwhile, Mount Barker blew their last chance to stay in this year’s finals race after a 51-point loss to Railways at Tigerland.
The loss means Mount Barker will finish the season fifth on the GSFL ladder.
Barker showed a lot of effort all day, but Railways were a class above when it mattered most.
The home side led at every change in a high-scoring end-to-end game where 14 goals were kicked in the final term.
Returning Tigers forward Matt Palfrey finished with seven goals, while young star Coen Jackman had five of his own.
Kane Shephard was best-on-ground in the midfield for the Tigers, with Bryce Blaszkow the standout in the Bulls’ engine room.
Over at Centennial Stadium, Royals secured top spot on the ladder with a whopping 101-point win over Albany Sharks.
The Lions set up their 20.16 (136) to 5.5 (35) victory with an eight goal second term as big forward Rivah Bocian booted eight majors on his league debut.
The Benjamin Button of the GSFL, Mitch Curnow, became the first Lion to reach 250 League appearances, with the club’s games record holder chaired off to raucous applause after the day was done.