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GNFLW round 4: Premiership heroes return to Brigades and take win while Selina Kiddle kicks seven for Rams

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Brigades' Tahlia Singleton against Towns' Gemma Dix.
Camera IconBrigades' Tahlia Singleton against Towns' Gemma Dix. Credit: Fraser Williams/Geraldton Guardian

It was a revenge match in the Great Northern Football League Women’s division as Towns went to GBSC Sports Park on Saturday and defeated Brigades 16.15 (111) to 0.0 (0) during the Belt Up round.

The Hawks came in as the reigning premiers, but look a very different side this year with a large number of the group that played in the grand final now lining up in Bulldogs colours, including flag captain Jessica Giudice-Nairn, who is now Towns’ player-coach.

Towns player-coach Jessica Giudice-Nairn helping up former teammate Patriah Papertalk.
Camera IconTowns player-coach Jessica Giudice-Nairn helps up former teammate Patriah Papertalk. Credit: Fraser Williams/Geraldton Guardian

It was the new powerhouse Towns side that got up in a thumping win over a rebuilding Brigades team.

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The contest was one-sided from the jump, as the Bulldogs continued to run up the score in each quarter while Brigades could not get a successful forward entry.

Best on ground from the Brigades grand final team, Gemma Dix, dominated the match and was named the Belt Up best on ground in the win.

Ashleigh Jones kicked three goals in the win and remains the league leading goal scorer, while sisters Olivia and Charli Bidwell and the former Hawks in Dix and Giudice-Nairn all added two goals.

Tira-Li Mason trying to bring down Ashleigh Jones.
Camera IconTira-Li Mason trying to bring down Ashleigh Jones. Credit: Fraser Williams/Geraldton Guardian

Through their first three games, Towns have outscored their opponents 295-0, proving themselves to be the clear contenders in the women’s competition.

At Greenough Oval, Rovers put up a solid effort but could not keep it up for four quarters as they fell at the hands of a bag from Selina Kiddle, with Northampton getting up 7.2 (44) to 4.5 (29).

The Demons had the jump early, keeping Rams scoreless in the first quarter, but Northampton picked up the pace in the second while Rovers fell behind with just one goal for the quarter.

It was still a five-point game heading into the fourth quarter, with the Demons looking a chance to come back and steal a win, but Northampton kept them to just two points in the final period, sealing the game to take the 15-point win.

Selina Kiddle was named the Belt Up best on ground in the Rams vs Demons clash.
Camera IconSelina Kiddle was named the Belt Up best on ground in the Rams v Demons clash. Credit: Great Northern Football League

In the win, Kiddle kicked all seven goals for the Rams after failing to hit the scoreboard in her first two games and was named the Belt Up best on ground for the match.

Rovers had four individual goal scorers in Trish McArthur, Bree Parfitt, Kyiesha Ronan and Sharntay Westberg.

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