Round 3 V Brigades @ GBSC Sports Park
6th May 2017
A six goal to two opening term proved not enough for Northampton on Saturday at GBSC Sports Park, as Brigades overcame a 26 point quarter time deficit to run out 14.10 (94) to 10.5 (65) victors.
The Rams jumped out of the blocks kicking with the breeze in the first term, looking every bit the side that had adequately broken down Rovers and Chapman Valley in the previous two matches. But quarter time seemingly signalled an end to their free run as Brigades worked their way back into the contest, predominantly through ball winner Brad Cooper.
The Hawks grabbed an eight point lead by the main break though the Rams were confident of again gaining ascendancy in the third term. But despite the best efforts of Kayle Cripps, Nathaniel Mourambine and Chris Carson, Northampton were unable to take advantage of a strong breeze, though did close the gap to just two points at the final change.
The fourth term was a slog but Brigades continued with a steady drip of goals to put the game beyond doubt, as Cooper, youngster Caleb Gray and veteran Dale Williamson, in the unfamiliar role of midfielder, found plenty of the Burley. Northampton’s defence in Ryan Eyre, Tyler Hall, Anthony McKay and Llewyn Connolly stood tall for the visitors and continued to make life challenging for the Hawks throughout the day, while Cripps found the goal kicking form that had evaded him early in the season, registering five majors.
Coach Kingsley Smith said the loss was disappointing, but that plenty would be gained from the outcome.
Positively for the visitors, the reserves and colts grades both registered victories. Paddy Walsh’s colts put in a strong performance to take a 35 point win against last season’s grand finalists, while the reserves for the second week running stole a last gasp win, with a Jordan Mourambine major sealing victory with just 30 seconds left.
Northampton will look to bounce back quickly as they face Mullewa in Northampton on Saturday night, a match that could prove critical towards their long term finals hopes.
BRIGADES v NORTHAMPTON
Brigades 2.0, 8.5, 9.7, 14.10 (94)
Northampton 6.2, 7.3, 9.4, 10.5 (65)
Brigades: Dale Williamson 5, Kaiden Dann 3, Sam Millett 2, Jesse Casselton 1, Dean Pascoe 1, Rex Pattrick 1, Brad Cooper 1
Northampton: Kayle Cripps 5, Trent Simpson 2, Nathaniel Mourambine 1, Ethan Chick 1, Craig Lucas 1
Brigades: Nathan Puls, Dale Williamson, Caleb Gray, Brad Cooper, Drew Macgregor
Northampton: Ryan Eyre, Nathan Reynolds, Kayle Cripps, Christopher Carson, Nathaniel Mourambine