Ju­niors in in­tense bat­tle for top four

Midwest Times - - SPORT - Justin Fris

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.

Pic­tures: Arc­tic Moon Pho­tog­ra­phy

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.

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