GNFL: Full-of-steam Railways Football Club face under-radar Brigades Hawks

Victor TantiGeraldton Guardian
Graham Sandy has been key for Brigades.
Camera IconGraham Sandy has been key for Brigades. Credit: Justine Rowe/SnapAction.com.au

The Great Northern Football League match of the round is today’s GBSC Park clash between Brigades and Railways.

It promises to be a ripping contest.

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Unbeaten Railways have evolved into premiership favourites, with an injury and suspension-hit Rovers dropping off the pace.

Northampton have moved to second and attracted much interest given they haven’t won a flag since 2004, while Brigades have reaped the least attention of the top four but have a wealth of contributors.

No player has stood out above the rest for the Hawks as, for instance, Jaimon Alone does at Rovers.

Contributors include Kaiden Dann, Jack Deschamp, Hayden Johnson, Graham Sandy, Kim and Jayden Schofield, Jed Hagan, Ben O’Brien and Dale Williamson.

It’s great we’ve been able to debut six colts, which is where our growth has come from, with senior players buying in to add strength to our game.

- Brigades Football Club senior coach Cory Foot.

“The young guys who’ve come in have impressed, not taken a backward step (or) caused headaches when it comes to selections.

“It’s great we’ve been able to debut six colts, which is where our growth has come from, with senior players buying in to add strength to our game.”

Hawks’ Jayden Schofield with the ball.
Camera IconHawks’ Jayden Schofield with the ball. Credit: Justine Rowe/SnapAction.com.au

Foot is not planning for finals and is focused instead on reversing a loss to Railways last May.

“There are six other teams trying to get better each week, so there’s a lot of hard work ahead and all sides in contention have a shot,” he said.

“We just need to stay injury free.

“Tomorrow, we need to kick more goals than points, improve our work rate for four quarters, respect them and don’t let them get too loose.”

Brigades kicked 6.14 in their previous tilt against Railways.

A sideline for Brigades is whether Williamson can overhaul the GNFL goalscoring record this year.

“We haven’t spoken about it,” Foot said. “Dale is playing great footy and putting the team first and his work with the kids has brought enjoyment back to his game and he’s reaping the benefits.”

Also tomorrow, Rovers aim for a confidence booster against Towns at Greenough Oval. Towns should present few problems and will do well to be in the contest at half time.

Mullewa plays favourite Chapman Valley at Mullewa on Sunday.

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