Northampton, Towns women’s sides clash under lights for Great Northern Football League’s 60th anniversary

Reuben CarderMidwest Times
Towns vs Northampton.
Camera IconTowns vs Northampton. Credit: SnapAction.com.au/SnapAction.com.au

The Great Northern Football League marked a celebration of its past with a glimpse of its future last Friday as the Northampton and Towns women’s sides played a special match under lights to mark the 60th anniversary of the first ever league game.

The game, along with a twilight league match-up, was part of a double-header where history was made and celebrated and while the results were comparable, the two games were quite different.

In the end it was a thumping win for Northampton, who ran out 10.9 (69) to 1.0 (6) victors over the Bulldogs in a repeat of last season’s first semifinal outcome.

Charlotte Kennedy was top scorer for the Rams with four while youngster Tiani Teakle, just 14, gave the strong Rams crowd a glimpse at the club’s future as she grabbed four, playing alongside her older sister, Julia, who scored three.

Towns' Aaliyah Jones, 17, evades a tackle.
Camera IconTowns' Aaliyah Jones, 17, evades a tackle. Credit: Supplied

Their dad, Grant Teakle, was in the dugout to watch, having stepped back from his head coach role to an assistant position for this season, with Josh Wilson taking the coaching lead.

In the Towns box, club legend Leon Jones was in charge but could only watch on as his side were overwhelmed.

Wilson said he thought his side could have got even more out of the game and said he expected them to play finals footy again this year.

He said Tiani and Julia were stand-outs alongside Tayte Pappin, Sienna Forsyth and Hannah Trusso with the club setting its sights on challenging back-to-back premiers Brigades and a strong-looking Chapman Valley.

He said next round the team would probably look similar after their convincing win, and said while he has enjoyed watching the women’s game in previous seasons, it was coming along in leaps and bounds.

“I think we’ll play pretty similar but just gotta keep the girls going for the whole four quarters,” he said.

Bek Wymess playing for Northampton.
Camera IconBek Wymess playing for Northampton. Credit: Supplied

“I think the girls were a little bit complacent in the last quarter.

“What I like about our team is their commitment to training and professionalism. I reckon we’re going to be in the top four. If you’re not professional in our team you don’t get a game.”

Mullewa’s women’s side also played their second ever match on Sunday, going down 11.10 (76) to 1.1 (7) against Railways.

At Mazzuchelli Oval in Chapman Valley, the home side’s women’s team took some revenge after their league side lost, holding Rovers scoreless while kicking 16.11 (107).

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