Selina Kiddle’s 11 propel Rams to big wins as Brigades remain perfect

Jake Santa MariaGeraldton Guardian
Selina Kiddle gives thanks to her teamates on her way to 11 goals.
Camera IconSelina Kiddle gives thanks to her teamates on her way to 11 goals. Credit: Jake Santa Maria

Selina Kiddle has laid down her marker as the best full-forward in the competition as she slammed through 11 goals in the Rams’ big win against Railways on Saturday.

Kiddle who spent the whole game running out of the goal square feasted on an undermanned Blues’ outfit helping the Rams to a 16.8 (104) to 1.1 (7) victory.

The Rams kicked four unanswered goals in the first quarter with Kiddle getting her first two of the day as they made their intentions known early.

Railways were in the game for about 10 minutes as they were able to contest the ball locking it in after a rushed behind and allowing Tarnee Tester to grab Railways first major.

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It would be the only goal they scored in the afternoon as Grace Yowke won the tap in the ruck with Mikenna Schultz running with the ball to find Kiddle in the goal square who kicked her third.

That passage of play summed up the rest of the game with Rams winning the ruck Schultz or Tayte Pappin running forward and Kiddle finding the ball around the goal square.

If Kiddle wasn’t marking the ball she could still score off the crumb soccering one out the back before proving she could kick them from anywhere with a delightful snap around the corner in the third quarter.

Without Jasmine Johansen, who was on WAFLW duties, the Blues could not find a way out of defence as they constantly turned the ball over off half back with the ball barely moving forward except when it was sent reset for the centre bounce.

Kiddle would score another from a tight angle and get her eighth goal right on the three-quarter siren.

She would also open the scoring in the fourth quarter as she proved too strong in the air and too crafty on the ground for her opponents to take her to 11 goals and shoot her to the top of the goal-kicking tally with 19 already surpassing her 18 from last year.

At Chapman Valley, Brigades kept up their perfect season with a 6.9 (45) to 3.3 (21) victory over the Royals.

A tight opening that saw both sides grab a goal gave way to a Hawks charge with only inaccuracy saving the Royals from terminal damage as the Hawks kicked 1.4.

The Royals hit back as Sahara Clarke making her debut for the Royals kicked her first goal as they closed back to within eight points.

But they were shut out in the final quarter and kept scoreless as Gemma Dix rounded her day with a third goal with Jessica Guidice-Nairn once again a star in the middle with the captain winning her fifth straight best player nomination.

Emilee Beven, Tara Rangi and Claire Garnaut also impressed as the Hawks make it a perfect six wins.

At Greenough, the Rovers were brought back to reality as Towns demolished the Demons 12.9 (81) to 0.1 (1).

The Demons may have got a drought-breaking win over the Saints but Towns are at another level with Ashleigh Jones impressing with seven goals.

Olivia Bidwell and Ava Gould both grabbed two with Bidwell being named best on ground as the Bulldogs moved into the top four for the first time this season

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