Juniors in intense battle for top four
With less than a month until the Great Northern Junior Football League finals series, the competition for spots in the top four is on in earnest.
Chapman Valley (10-0) continued their brutal dominance at under-14s level, thrashing St Pats (1-9) 20.16 (136) to 4.3 (27) away from home on Sunday.
Charlie Comeagain was scintillating up forward for the Royals, booting seven goals, while Alex Solomon and Xavier Wright got doses of leather poisoning.
Brigades (8-2) held second spot after comprehensively defeating Northampton (1-9).
Although they hold their spot only because of percentage over Rovers (8-2) — who romped to a heavy win over Dongara (2-7) on the road.
In the remaining under-14s game, Railways (6-4) sealed their place in the top four after narrowly defeating a determined Towns (3-6) outfit by 14 points on Saturday at WA Country Builders Stadium.
Eagerly awaited on Sunday was the under-16s match-up between Brigades and Chapman Valley at GBSC Sports Park.
The Hawks, who had a great opportunity to test themselves against a quality Royals side, were in the game right up to their eyeballs in the first half.
Unfortunately for the hosts, the Royals brigade of Michael Wright, Gerard McKenna, Jai Jackson and James Cassin grabbed hold of the contest with it in the balance and the Hawks simply couldn’t go with them in the third quarter.
Hawks who battled hard all day included Atten Mason — who also played league later in the day — and Liam Bennett.
Towns’ Jannie Pieterse leads the chase from Railways James Gething.
Towns’ Nathan McDonald and Railways’ Bohan Teakle in the under-16s.
Brigades’ Liam Dibben and Rams’ Aiden Carruth in the under-14s.