GNFL Round 4 wrap: Tribute spurs on Railways in big win while Towns edge out Mullewa for first win of season

Lachlan AllenMidwest Times
Jack Cocking kicked six goals for Railways against Chapman Valley.
Camera IconJack Cocking kicked six goals for Railways against Chapman Valley. Credit: Justine Rowe Around the Traps

It was a big weekend of GNFL action as round four was highlighted by a touching tribute to one of the league’s great servants.

Railways marked the death of club stalwart Craig ‘Scurge’ Butler with a dominant 146-point win over Chapman Valley on Sunday afternoon.

Both sides paid respects to the former Railways president with a minute’s silence before the game, and sported black armbands in memory of the much-loved figure.

Spurred on by the occasion, Railways kicked 24.16 (160) and held Chapman Valley to just 2.2 (14).

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Fresh off of his match-winning performance for the Geraldton Buccaneers on Saturday night, Johny Narkle bagged four goals for the Blues.

Jack Cocking led the way with six goals and Jesse Adamini joined in on the action with four.

Mitchell Boyle, Benjamin Saunders, and Jesse Moore also impressed for Railways.

On Saturday, Rovers continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 25-point win over Northampton at Greenough Oval.

The 14.13 (97) to 10.12 (72) win moves Rovers up to third on the GNFL ladder, behind Railways and Brigades on percentage.

Joshua Simpson led the way for the Rovers, kicking four goals in the match and Nathaniel Mourambine bagged three goals for the Rams.

Standouts for the Rovers included Dylan Curley, Joseph Ugle, Gabriel Parfitt, Kobe Simpson and Farren Parfitt.

Flynn Dillon, Jack McQuie, Joshua Normington, Harrison Pluschke and Liam Campbell impressed for Northampton.

Across town, Mullewa and Towns went into their round four clash at WA Country Builders Stadium looking for their first win of the season and after a hard-fought battle the Bulldogs emerged victorious with a seven-point win, 14.7 (91) to 13.6 (84).

Brett Bryon and Shane Johnson kicked four goals apiece for Towns. Mullewas Clinton Bolton also chipped in with four goals.

Stuart Gaby, William Faithfull, Rohan Fariss and Stuart Egan particularly impressed for Towns.

Leedham Joseph Papertalk, Kristian Papertalk, Shane Bonney and Christopher Wall were among the Saints’ best.

The result moved up Towns to fifth while Mullewa remain at the bottom of the ladder as the only winless side.

In the GNFL women’s competition, Northampton defeated Rovers 6.8 (44) to 0.0 (0) on Saturday afternoon at Greenough Oval.

Mikenna Schultz, Maddi Miller, Isabella Kruk, Asha Poletti and Hayley Halton were all instrumental for the Rams in the 44-point win.

Meanwhile, top of the ladder Towns beat Mullewa 8.11 (59) to 2.2 (14) at WA Country Builders Stadium.

Olivia Bidwell, Aaliyah Jones, Keeley Svenson, Michaela Clarke and Lani Paradella were best on ground for the Bulldogs.

On Sunday afternoon, Chapman Valley continued their unbeaten start to the season with a win over Railways at the Recreation Ground.

Tayah Palmer, Georgia Keysers, Erica Trotter, Ebony Wheatland and Cassandra Green stood out for Chapman Valley.

Brigades had a bye this round.

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