Rams get the job done over Hawks as Rovers finish winless

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Mullewa condemned Rovers to a winless season
Camera IconMullewa condemned Rovers to a winless season Credit: Justine Rowe Around the Traps

The GNFLW season drew to a close as the Rams got the win over Brigades and head into the finals with some momentum behind them.

Rams were always the favourites heading into the weekend but had frustratingly lost their past two games by a combined total of 11 points against the top two sides in the comp.

They would have wanted to make sure to avoid any upset and they were comfortable winners on the day 6.2 (38) to 4.5 (29).

After just the one goal in the opening term, the Rams broke the game in the second term with a three-goal to one second quarter to open up a 15-point gap.

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They were kept scoreless in the third as the Hawks fought their way back into the match and get the lead to inside two goals before the main break.

But they wouldn’t be able to make any further inroads as the Rams managed to maintain their lead to the final siren.

Jessica Giudice-Nairn was again outstanding for the Hawks getting her eighth best-player nomination from nine games while Gemma Dix got her seventh nomination along with a goal.

But they were outgunned by Selina Kiddle who scored three goals for the second time in as many games as she has hit a rich vein of form at just the right time for the Rams.

It sees them finish fourth with eight wins while Brigades finish sixth with three wins from their 14 games.

The Rovers women’s side was condemned to a winless season as Mullewa ran out 8.4 (52) to 3.4 (22) winners.

It was always going to be difficult to see how the Rovers were going to find the win and the game was over by half-time as the Saints held a 25-point advantage.

To their credit, the Demons stuck at the task to kick their highest score of the season but they were never in danger of challenging for the lead.

Rover Abby Green kicked a goal and received another best player nomination to make it 10 from 11 games in an outstanding personal year even while her side has struggled.

The Rovers finish bottom with a percentage just above 10 while the Saints finish fifth with five wins.

Chapman Valley will face Towns in the semi-final while Railways will host the Rams in the elimination final next weekend.

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