GNFL round five wrap: Railways, Rovers and Brigades equal on points

Derek GoforthMidwest Times
Railways' Mitchell Boyle has his eye on the ball, chased by Towns' Denzel Gould.
Camera IconRailways' Mitchell Boyle has his eye on the ball, chased by Towns' Denzel Gould. Credit: Barry Mitchell/Snapaction/Snapaction

Railways, Rovers and Brigades all claimed victories in round five of the Activewest GNFL season over the weekend, extending the gap between themselves and the chasing pack.

In perfect footballing conditions at WA Country Builders Stadium on Saturday, an in-form Railways came out convincing winners in a one-sided match against the Towns, 13.9 (87) to 3.2 (20)

Towns were fresh off their victory against Mullewa and looking to celebrate their 70th anniversary with a good performance over ladder leaders Railways.

Railways’ Jesse Adamini was on fire kicking a bag of eight goals, while Jack Cocking was not far behind with a haul of six.

A slow start for both teams saw the Railways dominate what little action there was in the first quarter.

Adamini managed to get the Blues on the board after 10 minutes, showing great poise in delivering a calculated kick across the line. The Towns failed to take the marks and were beaten to the ball by the Blues, going goalless in the first quarter.

Stuart Gaby gave Towns coach, Dale Baynes some relief, scoring the Bulldogs first goal seven minutes into the second quarter. But the Towns were put back under immediate pressure by the Blues, with Adamini scoring his second and third of the afternoon.

Already the game was slipping away from the Towns when Tristan Simpson widened the Blues’ lead into half-time with a shot out of a cannon straight into an empty goal. The Railways went into the main break leading 5.4 (34) to the Towns 1.2 (8).

The start of the second half saw more of the same with Adamini adding more majors to his tally. The Towns seemed to be losing confidence with every minute and although Stuart Egan and Brett Byron both played well, they could not replicate their form that saw them beat Mullewa the week before.

A scrappy third quarter saw the Railways extend their lead to 60 points and moments of the quarter looked like a masterclass from the Blues.

Cocking added to the Towns’ woes in the fourth quarter which ended as it started with the Towns on the back foot, not coping with the relentless pressure from the Blues.

The final 67-point margin perhaps did not reflect the glimpses of skill and talent in the Towns side, but the Railways reminded the rest of the league of their top two credentials.

Baynes admitted his team were beaten fair and square. ‘”We played a solid first half and applied a lot of pressure when they had the ball . . . however we struggled to convert that into scoring opportunities,” he said.

Baynes felt the Bulldogs “let themselves down . . . in the third quarter, however we dug deep and finished strong”.

Meanwhile, the second-placed Rovers defeated Chapman Valley on Saturday afternoon at Greenough Oval, 18.8 (116) to 8.7 (55).

Gabriel Parfitt and Christopher Scott kicked four goals each in the side’s 61-point win.

Glen Prosser, Deltyn Jones and Jacob Troy also impressed for Rovers.

In the final game of the round, the Brigades were too strong for Mullewa, claiming a 35-point win on Sunday afternoon at the Mullewa Town Oval.

William Anderson, Kim Schofield, Ben Bockman, Jayden Schofield and Michael Quick were best on ground for Brigades.

The 10.5 (65) to 4.6 (30) victory moves the Brigades up to third on the ladder.

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