Royal Park has continued to display its new-found ultra- competitive edge, but it wasn’t enough to defeat Talbot on Saturday.
Despite sitting level with the Hawks at halftime, the Tigers eventually succumbed to a hard to swallow 18-point loss, their third such competitive loss against a top four side in just five weeks.
Key to Royal Park’s success was its ability to capitalise on chances at goal and the seventh-placed Tigers came close to making Talbot pay for inaccuracy in the 9.14 (68) to 8.2 (50) result.
A win for Royal Park would have sealed a place in the top eight, but the side will instead need to fight for a win in the final round of the season this coming weekend.
The Tigers will meet Dunolly in round 16 and out of all teams fighting for a top eight position, they appear the most favoured to do secure one and the weekend’s result would’ve buoyed their hopes of matching it with higher ranked teams in the post season.
Talbot, meanwhile, is now a game clear in third position on the ladder due to Harcourt’s upset loss to Avoca and will have one eye on a likely encounter with Natte Bealiba in the first week of finals heading into the season’s last round.
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