Brigades strengthen hold second place on GNFL ladder with win over Towns

Derek GoforthGeraldton Guardian

Brigades beat an injury-ridden Towns side in convincing fashion at the WA Country Builders Stadium on Saturday to strengthen their grasp on second place.

They kicked 29.21 (195) by the final siren while keeping a young Towns side, with 12 players who had already played earlier in the day, to a single goal and single point, 1.1 (7), in the biggest margin of the round.

Brigades coach Cory Foot said his side weren’t underestimating the young Bulldogs.

“They’re a young team who can have a red-hot crack,” he said.

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“(We did not want) to be found searching for points and the win.”

Arthur Garlett’s early goal for Towns gave them some hope they could avoid a one-sided affair against a team 24 points above them on the ladder going into the round, but that proved to be one of the few scoring opportunities.

Brigades put on a masterclass at times, with Jayden and Kim Schofield showing vision and experience to read the game, Jayden Schofield in particular getting on the scoresheet himself and also turning provider.

Goals and points came from all angles as 12 different players scored showing the Hawks’ depth and cohesive playing style.

Towns’ young side did their best and frustrated Brigades at times, forcing some wayward kicking in the third quarter.

Tyler Corlett and Angus Hallinan both looked impressive.

Coach Dale Baynes said his side were united despite their challenging run this season.

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