By Michael Roberts | posted on September 10, 2020
ROYALS are one win away from making it a perfect home and away season in the Great Southern Football League, with both its League and Reserve sides securing a ninth win in-a-row on the weekend.
In the penultimate round of a shortened fixture, Royals dismantled Denmark-Walpole in an emphatic 15.9 (99) to 4.3 (27) victory.
Coming off an impressive Round 8 showing against North Albany, Denmark looked like they were more than up for the contest after leading by four points at quarter-time.
But the Magpies only managed two majors after the first term as the Lions ran away with the game.
Missing key personnel such as Shayne Zanetti, Dionne Woods and Ash Smith, Denmark couldn’t match their opponents’ spread away from stoppages.
Royals kicked five goals with the breeze in the second term and then piled on nine more in the second half as the likes of Tom Maslen and Cameron Allison dominated the midfield battle.
Henry Woods was one of the few shining lights for Denmark, finishing with three majors.
Royals’ Reserve side also came away with a convincing win earlier in the day after downing Denmark-Walpole Reserves by 111 points.
Royals’ senior teams now need wins over North Albany to go unbeaten through the home-and-away fixture.
Meanwhile North Albany kept their chances of finishing third alive with a hard-fought 11-point win over Mount Barker at Sounness Park.
The Kangaroos missed a heap of chances in front of the big sticks, kicking 2.7 in the second quarter.
But it didn’t end up coming back to bite them as Luke Cameron nailed three majors to guide his team to victory.
The ever-reliable Nathan Crudeli was best-on-field, while Brendan Wynne and Steven Scott fought hard for the Bulls.
In a wet and wild affair at Tigerland on Sunday, Railways jumped to second place on the ladder with a percentage-boosting 88-point victory over Albany.
A stingy Railways defence, headed by captain Bohdi Stubber, kept the Sharks scoreless for the entire match.
Kleeman Medallist Joel Want was back to his best form after returning midway through the season from injury, while young gun Cyrus Upson impressed from the wing.
Leading League goal scorer Matt Palfrey surprisingly didn’t add to his 32 goals for the season but was still amongst the Tigers’ best.
Boosting their percentage by 12 points, Railways will shore up second position with a close loss or a win over Denmark-Walpole in this weekend’s final home and round of 2020.
In a shortened season, this year’s GSFL finals series will commence immediately after Round 10, with the top four battling it out in two elimination finals for a place in the grand final.
GSFL President Joe Burton said administrators hadn’t decided whether the 2020 decider would be played on a Saturday or the traditional Sunday slot.