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GNFLW Round 4: Premiership heroes return to Brigades and win as Selina Kiddle kicks seven for Rams

It was a revenge match in the Great Northern Football League women’s division as Towns went to GBSC Sports Park on Saturday and defeated Brigades 16.15 (111) to 0.0 (0) in the Belt Up round.

The Hawks came in as the reigning premiers but are looking a very different side this year, with much of the group that played in the grand final now lining up in Bulldogs colours, including flag captain Jessica Giudice- Nairn, who is now Towns’ player coach.

Towns player-coach Jessica Giudice-Nairn helps former teammate Patriah Papertalk.
Camera iconTowns player-coach Jessica Giudice-Nairn helps former teammate Patriah Papertalk. Credit: Fraser Williams/Geraldton Guardian

It was new powerhouse Towns who recorded a resounding victory over a rebuilding Brigades team.

The match was one-sided from the jump as the Bulldogs continued to increase the score every quarter while Brigades could not get any successful forward participation.

The Brigades Grand Final team’s best on ground team, Gemma Dix, dominated the match and was named the Belt Up best on ground in victory.

Ashleigh Jones scored three goals in the win and remains the leading goalscorer in the competition, while sisters Olivia and Charli Bidwell and former Hawks in Dix and Giudice-Nairn all added two goals.

Tira-Li Mason tries to take down Ashleigh Jones.
Camera iconTira-Li Mason tries to take down Ashleigh Jones. Credit: Fraser Williams/Geraldton Guardian

Through their first three matches, Towns have outscored their opponents 295-0, proving themselves to be the clear contenders in the women’s competition.

At Greenough Oval, Rovers put in a solid effort but could not keep it up for four quarters as they fell to a Selina Kiddle bag, with Northampton up 7.2 (44) to 4.5 (29).

The Demons made the jump early, leaving Rams scoreless in the first quarter, but Northampton picked up the pace in the second, while Rovers fell behind with just one goal for the quarter.

It was still a five-point game heading into the fourth quarter, with the Demons looking like a chance to come back and steal a win, but Northampton held them to just two points in the final period, wrapping up the game to get the 15 points. to win.

Selina Kiddle was named the Belt Up best on the ground in the Rams vs Demons clash.
Camera iconSelina Kiddle was named the Belt Up best on ground in the Rams v Demons clash. Credit: Great Northern Football League

In the win, Kiddle kicked all seven goals for the Rams after failing to hit the scoreboard in her first two matches and was named the Belt Up best on ground for the match.

Rovers had four individual goalscorers: Trish McArthur, Bree Parfitt, Kyiesha Ronan and Sharntay Westberg.