Royal Park remains the better of the MCDFNL’s Maryborough-based sides, defeating Maryborough Rovers by 25 points on Saturday to lay claim to yet another Maryborough derby.
After a low-scoring first half, the Tigers proved to be the better of the two sides after the main break, taking a 10.14 (74) to 7.7 (49) victory to level their 2018 win-loss ratio at 2-2.
Saturday’s game hung in the balance at halftime following a contested arm wrestle in the opening two terms.
Booting 3.2 (20) in the first quarter, Royal Park led Rovers by 11 points at the first break after the Pies could kick just one goal on the wide expanses of Hedges Oval.
The Magpies upped their game in the second quarter and outscored the wasteful Tigers, kicking three goals, one behind to Royal Park’s six straight points. Rovers’ burst left the scoreline at 3.9 (27) to 3.4 (22) in Royal Park’s favour at the main break, before the Tigers made their game-winning break in the third quarter.
Booting four goals to two in the third term, Royal Park led by three goals at the final break and protected that advantage with three more goals in the fourth quarter, while Rovers added just two majors to their score.
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