GNFL women’s grand final: Chapman Valley and Northampton ready to square off in exciting season decider

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Chapman Valley’s Taylah Broadhurst and Northampton’s Rachel Trusso with the GNWFL premiership cup.
Camera IconChapman Valley’s Taylah Broadhurst and Northampton’s Rachel Trusso with the GNWFL premiership cup. Credit: Geraldton Guardian, Reuben Carder

A new Great Northern Women’s Football League champion will be decided tomorrow at Greenough Oval following the youth girls’ grand final.

Northampton and Chapman Valley play each other in a grand final between two teams that have barely been able to be separated all season.

Valley coach Jay Corlett said his side had a full list and he was expecting a hard-fought encounter like the second semifinal against the Rams his side took by a single point two Saturdays ago, 5.1 (31) to 4.8 (32).

“I’m expecting it to be a good fought-out game, and if the second semi is anything to go by, it’ll be a cracker,” Corlett said.

He said “everything is looking rosy” for his side in terms of preparation.

Northampton coach Josh Wilson was resolute but said his side were not favourites.

“We go in as underdogs,” Wilson said.

The Rams have taken a longer route to the final but demonstrated good form while doing so.

They got past a strong Towns side in last Sunday’s preliminary final, winning 8.7 (55) to 1.3 (9) after a close first half.

Georgina Brand and ruck Tiani Teakle each kicked two goals.

Teakle should be fit for the grand final after an injury concern late in the game last week, while Asha Poletti will be back after a broken cheekbone and will wear a helmet.

Tiani’s sister, Julia, and Chapman Valley star Kayley King jointly won the GNWFL best and fairest at the league’s awards night on Tuesday.

Northampton captain Rachel Trusso is injured and will not play, with Julia Teakle taking the role as skipper.

Corlett also urged spectators to get along for the youth girls’ decider.

Chapman Valley will take on Railways in that game.

“It will be a good game, get down there and support them,” he said.

“It’s a pretty big achievement for the (women’s competition), where they’ve got to in the last four years. The improvement is astounding, and all teams in the competition have really grown.”

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