Brigades take top of the table clash as perfect season looms while Blues strike late to down Towns

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Tara Rangi tackles Tayte Pappin.
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A perfect season could be on the cards for the high-flying Hawks as they dominated the second half of their top-of-the-table clash with the Rams to make it eight straight wins.

The Hawks broke away to win 4.2 (26) to 2.1 (13) to go two games clear at the top of the ladder.

The Brigades have been bossing the GNWFL season while yet to be beaten and have only allowed five goals in their past four games.

The Rams have been their closest challenger with just one loss, and coming off one of their biggest-ever wins before their bye were hoping to stop the Hawks’ rise.

It was a scrap early with just one goal in the first quarter which went the way of the Rams who maintained a five-point advantage at quarter time.

The Hawks’ first goal in the second was the only score of the quarter as defence was still the name of the game with neither side able to find ways to transition into attack.

The Rams were certainly more of a challenge than a their round-two meeting but the Hawks finally broke free in the third quarter with two goals to hit the lead.

Jessica Guidice-Nairn slotted straight back into the side after missing round eight and led the way out the middle while Gemma Dix moved up the ground with Tessa Daly, Breeanna Hamlett and Kim Aldrick scoring the goals.

The Rams were kept scoreless at the other end and while they would break their drought in the fourth quarter the Hawks would find their fourth to run out 13-point winners.

With four games left, the Bulldogs in two rounds time remain as the only realistic challengers to the Hawks in the regular season as they look at an unprecedented perfect season.

In the other games, Railways dug deep to keep their finals hopes alive in a come-from-behind 5.8 (38) to 5.4 (34) win over Towns.

The Blues with just four goals in the past month and their season on the line were down early as Towns kicked three goals to one in the opening quarter.

They would add a fourth in the second but the Blues closed the gap led again by Jasmine Johansen along with Stevie Usher playing her first game this season finding the goals.

But they would falter in the third kicking four behinds to allow Towns off the hook who kicked their fifth and lead by 11 points into the final quarter.

However, the Blues piled on the pressure in the final quarter and despite some inaccuracy would hit the lead late with the Towns restricted to just two behinds to hold on by four points.

At Mullewa Chapman Valley jumped into third with a 12.10 (82) to 1.3 (9) smashing of the Saints.

Lucinda Rouse led the way with six goals as the Royals kicked the first seven goals of the game and never looked back.

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