Brigades trample on Towns

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian
Samantha Websdale of Towns outruns a determined set of Brigades players.
Camera IconSamantha Websdale of Towns outruns a determined set of Brigades players. Credit: Arctic Moon Photography

Round 4 of the MEEDAC 2018 Great Northern Women’s League ended with a 6.3 (39) to 1.3 (9) victory to Brigades, who defeated Towns at the WA Country Builders Stadium on Saturday, April 28.

Brigades outpaced the opposition in the first half, starting off the game with a strong three goal effort while Towns remained scoreless.

Before the siren sounded at full-time, Towns managed to put 1.3 on the scoreboard, earning themselves nine points.

Not to be outdone, the Hawks ended the match full of flair, with Emily McAuley and Marie Gosper in excellent form.

The five goal victory was critical for the Hawks, who kept in touch with Chapman Valley and Railways, who both remain unbeaten.

Brigades coach Neil McGregor complimented Tori Atherton, Emily McAuley and Marie Gosper for exceptional positioning and disposal of the ball.

He said a strong run down the middle largely contributed to his team’s win.

“We ran hard and there were no reserves,” McGregor said.

“We used the corridor pretty well.

“Because we played on a big oval we tried to maintain a bit of energy so the girls didn’t have to run so far.

“We’ll keep working on our kicking skills.

“Towns played very well, they have a couple of good quick players and they ran the game out.

“They’re getting better each week, so a credit to them.”

Towns coach Paul Brown said his team had a solid training program and the girls were really coming into their own.

“Certainly our best on field was Emily Akker, who is an outstanding football talent and definitely someone to follow throughout her burgeoning football career,” he said.

“Alyce Quartermaine just rucked all day, as she’s done every week.

“We’ve had some outstanding performances without height support, as we don’t have a tall team, we’re a young side with small runners.”

Brown also mentioned Kacey Middleton and Sam Websdale proving valuable to the team.

“Certainly our game is growing, we were late to the competition and we have a lot of girls who haven’t played footy before, but our team is gelling really nicely,” he said.

“Now we have girls asking to play certain positions, so they’re starting to realise what they’re better suited to.

“It’s quite heartening to see them trying to have a direct effect on the game.”

Both Brigades and Towns have the bye.

The next MEEDAC 2018 Women’s League game will be played by Railways and Chapman Valley on Saturday, May 5 at Warren Taylor Homes Recreation Ground at 4.30pm.

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