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GNWFL round 3 preview: Brigades face another test of premiership credentials against Towns

Jake Santa MariaGeraldton Guardian
Brigades face another big test after taking down Rams last round.
Camera IconBrigades face another big test after taking down Rams last round. Credit: Snapaction

Much like their league counterparts, the third-round GNWFL looks like there will only be one match of consequence when Brigades take on Towns this weekend.

The Hawks are the only team to win both their matches this season to be the surprise team at the top of the ladder after finishing second last in 2022 with three wins and a percentage below 40.

While it is still early days their win over the Rams was a huge upset and shows they’re are much stronger squad than last year.

Jessica Guidice-Nairn has put her hand up as possibly the best midfielder in the competition right now and they also boast one the fastest small forwards in Breeanna Hamlett with Gemma Dix and Patriah Papertalk both looking dangerous.

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They will face another test of their finals potential when they take on Towns at home this weekend.

The Bulldogs finished second last year only to be dumped out of finals in straight sets and were jumped by the Blues last weekend, but there is nothing in their squad to suggest they are on their way down.

Olivia Bidwell continues to impress while Ashleigh Jones has started strongly up forward to lead the charts while Michaela Clarke, Lani Paradella and Brooklyn Cullen are still there.

Samantha Biddiscombe has had a slow start but remains a dangerous forward but they will need to lift this weekend to get over the high-flying Hawks.

If Brigades knock over another contender for the second week in a row they will command serious thought about how far they can go.

In the other games, Northampton and Railways will both be looking to pad percentages against Mullewa and Rovers respectively.

Both the Demons and the Saints look in a different league this year after Brigades’ improvement and will likely be without a win until they face each other in round six.

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