By Michael Roberts | posted on March 21, 2020
DURING a highly anticipated top-of-table clash, Royals showed their class with a grinding seven-point win over Railways at Centennial Stadium on Friday night, in what could be the last round of fixtures for the season.
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the West Australian Football Commission has suspended all football activities until at least May 31, which is more than a month after the GSFLW Grand Final was supposed to be played.
If the 2020 season is abandoned, the result could have handed Royals this year’s premiership.
Last year’s premiers secured their sixth win of 2020, moving to first on the GSFLW ladder ahead of second-placed Tigers.
Only percentage separates the two sides.
Scoring was a premium in miserably wet conditions under lights on Friday night, with much of the game played between the forward-50 arcs.
For the first time this year Railways were held scoreless as a determined Royals outfit pressured their opposition out of the contest.
Rain poured down at Centennial Stadium in the first half, with players regularly opting to soccer the ball forward when a slippery pill hit the deck.
While both teams struggled to hit the scoreboard, there was no doubting the effort from both sides in a ferocious game where big tackles were a highlight.
The only score up until three-quarter time was a Lions behind, and it was anyone’s match at that stage.
Henrietta Lilford broke the deadlock in the final term, kicking the first major of the game to send Royals seven points clear, and the Tigers were unable to respond with a score of their own.
While the match was far from a spectator’s dream, the 1.1 (7) to 0.0 (0) win is an invaluable four points for Royals considering the football suspension.
Over at Sounness Park in Denmark, Mount Barker posted their first ever win in the GSFLW with a six-point victory over Denmark-Walpole.
It had so far been a tough first-season for the last- placed Bulls, but their 4.2 (26) to 3.2 (20) triumph will no doubt give them confidence they can come back stronger in 2021.
Mount Barker led their opponents at every break and kicked two goals in
the final term to secure a deserved result.
In the second game of a double header at Centennial Stadium, Albany Sharks moved to outright third on the ladder with an impressive 16-point win over North Albany.
Competition leading goal scorer Stephanie Grant took her season tally to 10 goals for the season, while Emily Lawrence scored the other major for the Sharks.