Hawks and Rams fight for GNFL Grand Final spot

Reuben CarderGeraldton Guardian
Jarrad Steel holds onto the ball in a clash with Chapman Valley's Jesse Alone in last season’s reserves grand final.
Camera IconJarrad Steel holds onto the ball in a clash with Chapman Valley's Jesse Alone in last season’s reserves grand final. Credit: Arctic Moon Photography/Supplied, Arctic Moon Photography

Northampton and Brigades play off in the Great Northern Football League reserves preliminary final on Sunday for a berth in the grand final.

Northampton stormed to the minor premiership by six points but fell short against Railways in Saturday’s second semifinal 9.4 (58) to 6.7 (43).

Brigades beat Rovers on Sunday in the first semi, 11.7 (73) to 8.3 (51), to go through.

Jamie Reeves kicked three goals for Northampton while Charles Mallard scored two and Riley Fenner got one.

Kasey Hasleby was their best player ahead of Bradley Reynolds, Jarrod Rodney, Jarrah Reeves and Jarrad Steel.

Troy Simpson was Railways’ top scorer on the day, kicking four goals, while Chris Tubby kicked two and Simon Evans, Jamie Allen and Darryl George each kicked one.

Their best were Oliver Zampin, Brendan Harrington, Simon Lorrimer, David Daley and Ben Amphlett. Northampton’s Bradley Atkinson has kicked 18 goals and is second overall on the reserves goalscoring charts.

Steel has kicked 14 goals and is fourth-highest, while Craig Lucas is ninth with 12 goals in six games.

Rodney has been the Rams’ best, playing every match after he was cleared from Railways at the start of the season.

He is ahead of Dean Higbee, Gregory Cross, Nathan Woodcock and Reeves.

In Sunday’s game, Coby Williamson was top scorer for Brigades, kicking four goals.

James Jones and Khegan Cross each kicked two, while Courtney Ryder, Shaun Smythe and Ben Foster each had one.

Their best on the day were Logan McGregor, Ryder, Smythe, Jake Pattrick and Blake Ryan.

Cory Foot is the division’s third-highest scorer, with 15 goals, and Khegan Cross is fifth, with 14.

Coby Williamson is eighth with 12 goals in six games.

Rovers’ best on Sunday were Dwayne Cliff and Brett Christensen.

Jy Thurstun, Cliff, Jordan Narkle and Raymond Taylor scored their goals.

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