GNFL round 6: Railways down Rovers while Brigades prevail over Chapman Valley

Lachlan AllenMidwest Times
Railways' Tristan Simpson finds space.
Camera IconRailways' Tristan Simpson finds space. Credit: Justine Rowe Around the Traps/RegionalHUB

On a perfect day for footy, Railways hosted Rovers at the Recreation Ground on Saturday afternoon, with the Blues coming away the winners 13.12 (90) to 8.6 (54).

The first quarter showed intensity from Railways, but consecutive behinds highlighted their early missed opportunities.

After a slow start, Rovers scored on their first opportunity with a fine goal from Shannon Cox who took a strong mark followed by a controlled kick.

Farren Parfitt scored his first two in quick succession, putting a big smile on coach Ian Comben’s face.

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Railways managed to stem the flow, with a goal from Alex Newton straight from the pack and off his boot.

Cox ensured Rovers kept a lead going into the break, and by quarter-time Rovers led 4.3 (27) to 1.7 (13).

Railways came back with renewed vigour, kicking the opening three goals of the second term and putting the Demons under real pressure.

Jack Cocking took time to get on the board, but did so with a great strike, giving Railways their sixth of the afternoon.

Despite a rally from the Demons, Railways went into the long break leading by seven points.

Railways added two goals in the third quarter while Rovers went scoreless, extending their lead going into the final period.

The Blues showed their superior fitness in the latter stages of the final quarter.

Koby and Beau Simpson for Rovers and Riley Zimmerman for the Blues were simply outstanding for all four quarters.

At the final whistle Railways had won by 36 points.

Cox kicked three goals for Rovers and Parfitt kicked two before he was injured.

For Railways, Newton kicked four, Antonio Priolo three and Elliot Delaney bagged two.

Joe Ugle was important for Rovers as was Chris Scott, with the Simpson brothers doing their best to keep Railways at bay.

The Blues’ defence were the stand-outs, snuffing out Rovers’ forward movement, with Tom Rowe and Zimmerman rocks for their side.

Meanwhile, Brigades defeated Chapman Valley 18.14 (122) to 7.6 (48) at GBSC Sports Park on Saturday afternoon.

Kim Schofield, Izac Ronan, Dale Williamson, Fraser Ismail and Kristerfer Ryder were instrumental in their side’s 74-point win.

GNFL leading goal kicker Williamson bagged himself seven goals while Schofield chipped in with four.

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