Northampton Rams’ belief builds as men and women beat Railways in GNFL
Northampton won their league and women’s games in the Great Northern Football League on Saturday, denying Railways a chance to cement second spot on the league ladder and marking a resurgent season for the Rams.
The Rams won 12.3 (75) to 10.7 (67) in the league and kicked their way to a comprehensive 12.7 (79) to 0.2 (2) win in the women’s match.
A star cast featuring AFL premiership winner Harry Taylor, who kicked six goals on the day, and player-coach Beau Walker have driven results for the Rams in the league this season.
The women’s team has picked up quality players like Larissa Bennell and Tiani Teakle to add to a strong squad.
President Damian Harris said there was a good atmosphere around the club and praised the men’s team’s dedication, while saying the women’s side had been “magnificent”.
“The guys have got a belief in themselves and really just gelling together at the moment,” Harris said. “Things look good on and off the track, they are just working well together, structures are starting to work and then it’s knowing how each other plays.”
“(The women’s team) are magnificent, really, really good.
“They just get it together, they listen to the coach and get it done.”
He said he was taking things a week at a time as making finals was a “huge effort”.
The results mean the women’s side cemented a top-two place and will play in the second semifinal, while the men are in touching distance of achieving the same feat.
They are also top in the reserves, and fourth in the colts.
Railways missed the chance to secure second place on the league ladder and will now have to win both remaining games to ensure they play in the second semifinal.
The women’s team is within touching distance of the top-four, equal on points with Towns but behind on percentage.
League coach Karl Pirrottina said the club was disappointed to lose a tight game but was focussed on making the top two.
“It was a cracking game of footy,” Pirrottina said.
“(Achieving the top two) is a good challenge for us and we’re more than up to it.”
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