Brigades get the coach’s party started

Geraldton Guardian - - Football - Zoe Keenan

It will be a wave of blue and gold for the colts’ 2017 Great North­ern Foot­ball League grand fi­nal af­ter Brigades put an end to Rail­ways’ sea­son, 17.8 (110) to 8.9 (57), in Sun­day’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

Brigades coach Nathan Sven­son paid tribute to the team’s ef­fort as he cel­e­brated his 21st birth­day with the win.

“The game went how I wanted it to — the boys came and played hard and did ex­actly what I asked of them,” Sven­son said.

“They worked hard and played well to­gether as a team. They hit the ball hard, tack­led well and did what we’ve been work­ing on at train­ing.”

Hawks’ Jed Ed­wards dom­i­nated at half-back, as did At­ten Ma­son in the back pocket.

Af­ter a loss in the grand fi­nal last year, Sven­son said they would fo­cus on work­ing harder this year.

“We’ll give it a red-hot crack and make it hap­pen this year,” he said.

Blues coach Mur­ray Gar­diner said he was happy with the team’s ef­forts, de­spite the loss.

“Brigades had a few ex­pe­ri­enced guys from league and our guys are a lit­tle bit un­der­manned, but they gave ev­ery­thing and that’s all I could ask,” he said.

“They kept go­ing and fight­ing it out. When we did get the ball and used it well, we did look good, but yeah, they were just a lit­tle bit too classy.”

Gar­diner said he was im­pressed with the Blues’ sea­son af­ter fin­ish­ing on top of the lad­der for the home-and-away series.

“It’s a young team — they’ll be back again next year, so they’ll learn from it and go from there,” he said.

The Hawks will face Chap­man Val­ley in this Sun­day’s grand fi­nal.

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Rail­ways’ Wil­liam Ca­ble tack­les Brigades’ Kris­ter­fer Ry­der in Sun­day's pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal at the Recre­ation Ground.

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