GNFL season 2022 preview: Railways looking to go one better this season

Lachlan AllenGeraldton Guardian
Brigades' captain Mick Quick and Railways' Ben Saunders shake hands over the cup.
Camera IconBrigades' captain Mick Quick and Railways' Ben Saunders shake hands over the cup. Credit: Reuben Carder/Geraldton Guardian

The coach of last year’s runners-up Railways is excited by what he has seen during preseason as they look to go one better in 2022.

Ahead of the grand final rematch against Brigades in round one, Railways will be hoping to get their revenge in the GNFL season-opener on Saturday.

Railways league coach Matthew Powell said he hoped a strong preseason would set them up well for the rest of the year.

“I assume most clubs had some interruptions along the way with COVID as did we, but overall we had a really good preseason, we had great numbers on the track for all four sides which was pleasing,” he said.

They have added a couple of new recruits over the summer to bolster the side.

“We have been lucky enough to have Ryan Le Tessier, Aaron Dowe and Cam Keyser join the club in the off-season, so we are really looking forward to having these guys strengthen our midfield and forward line,” Powell said.

“Overall we have a lot of new faces down at the club for all three men’s sides and also the ladies team which is fantastic.”

Powell said he expected his side to play finals football and they would be aiming to go one step further then last season.

While losing the grand final could serve as extra motivation for some players, Powell said it was something the team was not dwelling on.

“We are going to be a new-look side this year but there is no doubt losing a grand final hurts but that has definitely not been a focus of ours during preseason to serve as extra motivation, the squad is really enjoying themselves and are looking forward to a new season starting,” he said.

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