Chapman Valley celebrate flag double
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.
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.