Blues see off Saints
Railways have advanced to the reserves’ 2017 Great Northern Football League grand final after defeating Mullewa 15.11 (101) to 8.4 (52) in Sunday’s preliminary final.
Despite leading the entire game, Blues coach Illia Battistessa said the Saints put up a fight.
“I was on-edge the whole game,” he said.
“They’ve beaten us the last couple of times we’ve met and they certainly didn’t give up until the last siren.
“It’s finals and if you start dropping it, they can score very quickly.”
Battistessa said the players stood up to the challenge, and made special mention of Blake Stanton, Jarrod Rodney and Todd Aldrick.
Although Mullewa’s season is now over, the Saints had a spectacular comeback after placing sixth in 2016.
This season was Darren Ryan’s first time coaching the Saints and he said he was proud of his team.
“I was pretty pleased with how they went today,” he said.
“There was no-one on the bench to help out and they kept on going.
“They never gave up. They kept on running out every quarter. “That’s what I liked about it.” David Wallan, Roland Simpson, Courtney Ryder and Leon Galby were stand-out players on the field for the Saints.
Railways will go head-to-head with Rovers this Sunday in the grand final.
“We’ve got a few things to work on before next week,” Battistessa said.
“We owe Rovers one. They’ll have a good team.
“But if we stick to how we play and have the players available, it’s going to be a very good game.”
Mullewa’s Les Curley climbs above a pack for a marking attempt.
Mullewa’s Courtney Ryder and Railways’ Chris Gilleland do battle.
Railways’ Paul Worthington marks.
Mullewa’s Clarence Merry tackles Railways’ Robert Elliott.