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Railways extend lead at head of GFL standings

Railways surged two games clear in the Goldfields Football League standings after a balanced display produced a straightforward victory against Kalgoorlie by 53 points, 13.11 (89) to 5.6 (36), on Saturday and secure the Freeman-Stubbs trophy as part of Rivalry Round.

It was another strong performance by the Panthers, who turned a four-point edge at quarter-time into a 36-point advantage by the main break courtesy of a six-goal term.

Big scores were a feature of Kalgoorlie teams that claimed each of the past two flags, but they were held to 1.3 to half-time.

The Roos fought back with a three-goal third quarter, but they managed just 1.1 in the run home to be dealt a fifth defeat in star ruckman Alex Stewart’s 150th game.

Jack Steel was the best of Railways’ forwards with three goals

Under Rhett Pettit, Railways are unbeaten through six matches and further boosted a league-best percentage of 211.25 heading into the clash at Sir Richard Moore Sports Centre.

Railways coach Rhett Pettit.
Camera IconRailways coach Rhett Pettit. Credit: Carwyn Monck/Kalgoorlie Miner

“Even after just the one goal to quarter-time, I was still reasonably happy with how we were placed,” Pettit said.

“Then it was really a case of getting on top in the midfield and around the stoppages, moving the ball well inside the 50m (arc) and consolidating.

“I was rapt with how everyone went, to be honest (because) the theme this year has been each member of the squad playing their role.

“That’s what everyone seems to be doing at the moment.

“We probably dropped off a little bit in the third quarter, when we conceded a couple of goals in a row.

“But then we steadied pretty well.”

Kalgoorlie's Corbin Chambers.
Camera IconKalgoorlie’s Corbin Chambers. Credit: Carwyn Monck/Kalgoorlie Miner

Kalgoorlie opened the season chasing a flag hat-trick, but have been held to under 10 goals in four of five losses.

The exception was 11.8 (74) in a round three loss to Mines Rovers by 24 points.

In two wins against last-placed Kambalda, the black and whites posted 21.12 (138) and 20.12 (132).

Meanwhile, the GFL’s make-up fixtures after the season start was delayed because of COVID-19 includes a Wednesday night match between Boulder and Kambalda at Digger Daws Oval.

The start time is 7pm.

It will be followed on June 15 at 6.30pm when Railways host Mines Rovers at Sir Richard Moore Sports Centre.

This Saturday, Kalgoorlie play Mines Rovers at Digger Daws Oval and Railways are at home against Kambalda.

Both league games are at 2.30pm.

Railways' Jordon Reid and Kalgoorlie's Alex Stewart.
Camera IconRailways’ Jordon Reid and Kalgoorlie’s Alex Stewart. Credit: Carwyn Monck/Kalgoorlie Miner

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