Chap­man Val­ley cel­e­brate flag dou­ble

Geraldton Guardian - - Football - Zoe Keenan

The Great North­ern Ju­nior Foot­ball League has heard its fi­nal siren, with the 14s and 16s Chap­man Val­ley teams tak­ing out a dou­ble premier­ship for the club.

The 16s Chap­man Val­ley side de­feated Rail­ways 16.7 (103) to 11.4 (70).

Roy­als coach Michael Wright said it was an un­be­liev­able game.

“I’ve never coached a premier­ship team, so it was great to get the win,” he said.

It was a huge ef­fort by the Roy­als in the first half, with Jai Jack­son scor­ing six goals in the first quar­ter.

Wright said it was a solid game, with Rail­ways fight­ing back hard each quar­ter.

“We started well in the first half of the first quar­ter and then Rail­ways came back a bit,” he said.

“It was tight at half-time. There was just four goals in it and Rail­ways came out to kick the next four goals in the third quar­ter. Rail­ways came out hum­ming in the last quar­ter and it def­i­nitely scared us.” Wright said they had to wait and see how the play­ers re­acted to the pres­sure, and af­ter win­ning a few con­tested balls in the last quar­ter, the mo­men­tum went their way.

“Our for­ward play­ers, Jai Jack­son and Johny Narkle, played well to­gether. I was also happy with young Camp­bell Ti­rant, Michael Wright, Jonah Free­stone-Rowe and our ruck­man Ty­rone Papertalk.”

The 2017 Great North­ern Foot­ball League 16s grand fi­nal win­ners, Chap­man Val­ley.

Pic­tures: Arc­tic Moon Pho­tog­ra­phy

Rail­ways’ Mer­ric Per­rin and Chap­man Val­ley’s Jake Far­rell bat­tle for the ball.

Rail­ways’ Reuben Ull­rich and Chap­man Val­ley’s Ty­rone Papertalk fly for a ruck con­test.

Chap­man Val­ley's Mitchell Car­son takes a kick in the 2017 GNJFL 16s grand fi­nal.

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