Two relatively close, gritty games and a 163-point demolition characterised round two of the GNFL last weekend.
The round was headlined by the Brigades 17-point win over Northampton on Saturday afternoon.
In the last match of Saturday’s festival of footy, the two sides played out a thrilling contest in front of a packed Northampton Oval.
Buoyed be their home fans, the Rams started the match strongly going into half-time level with the reigning premiers.
Determined to spoil the party, Brigades threatened to pull out in front in a five goal to one third term.
However, the Rams fought back in the final term, kicking four goals to set up a grandstand finish between the two sides.
In the end it was not enough as the Brigades prevailed 12.9 (81) to the Rams 10.4 (64).
Trent Simpson kicked three goals for the Rams while Dale Williamson led the way for the Hawks with four.
Simpson, Kye McVee, Ethan Brown, Jamie Williams and Tyler Caddy were best on ground for Northampton.
Hayden Johnson, Williamson, Joel Pattrick, Jesse Casselton and Erinn McCartney were the pick of the bunch for Brigades.
In the other game of the day, Chapman Valley defeated Towns 7.8 (50) to 4.6 (30) in front of a strong crowd at Mazzuchelli Oval as the Royals celebrated the 50th anniversary of its 1972 premiership.
Jay O’Brien kicked three goals for Chapman Valley in the sides win.
Gerard Mckenna, Jaidan Thompson, Lawrence Winmar, Jay O’Brien and Jordon Logie stood out for Chapman Valley.
While Rohan Fariss, Thomas Collins, Max Lawson, Paydn Mason and Drew Forrester were the best players for Towns.
On Sunday, Railways laid down a marker to the rest of competition with a 163-point thumping of Mullewa.
Railway’s kicked 29.21 (195) to Mullewa’s 5.2 (32) in Sunday afternoon’s clash at the Recreation Ground.
Jesse Adamini had a game to remember kicking 10 goals while Matthew Kimberley, Elliot Delaney, Blake Bunter and Johny Narkle also impressed for Railways.