Brigades get the coach’s party started
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.
Railways’ William Cable tackles Brigades’ Kristerfer Ryder in Sunday's preliminary final at the Recreation Ground.
Brigades’ Brayden McMath tries to escape Railways’ Patrick Brimson.
Railways’ Kane Librizzi marks in front of Brigades’ Coup Taylor.