GNFL: Colts premiership bodes well for Towns

Reuben CarderGeraldton Guardian
Lachlan Morphew marks for Towns.
Camera IconLachlan Morphew marks for Towns. Credit: Justine Rowe/SnapAction

Towns’ senior coach Dale Baynes says the future of the club is in good stead after a strong showing by the Bulldogs to win the Great Northern Football League colts grand final.

Baynes, the GNFL’s all-time leading goal scorer, said 19 of the 22 colts players on the list had played senior football, a good omen for the club after the youngsters beat Railways 5.12 (42) to 2.6 (18) to take the flag on Sunday.

“It was a really good team performance,” Baynes said.

“It bodes well for the future.

“If we can keep hold of these blokes and get the experience into them, then the future looks bright.

“They came out strong from the first bounce and built momentum into the game.

“They played a really good team brand of footy and were selfless.

“There were no egos out there, they saw a red-and-white jumper and they passed to it.

“It was really pleasing.

“That colts team gel so well — they do everything together and hang out on weekends.”

Lachlan Morphew, Taj Satie and Dahkoa Clarke, who have stood out all season, were Towns’ best on the day.

Mitchell Marsh kicked two goals on the day.

In Railways, they faced another side with a strong crop coming through.

But Towns, a club looking to rebuild its senior list, proved too powerful.

The colts grand final was the first of three Railways played on the day, a strong showing for the Blues. Some of Railways’ stronger colts players were unavailable as they were called up for the league grand final squad.

Jack Cocking, Elijah Burrows, Shaedan Edwards and Noah Cachard, who had increasingly stepped up for the league side, featured in the decider as Brigades beat Railways 9.8 (62) to the Blues’ 5.13 (43).

Railways colts captain Blake Bunter was their best.

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