Northampton continued their rise after claiming victory over a stunned Railways outfit at the Recreation Ground on Saturday.
The Rams’ 49-point hiding of top-of-the-ladder Railways was one of two massive upsets in the round, with Mullewa too strong for a depleted Rovers.
History was made in the third game with Brigades veteran Dale Williamson becoming the first player in GNFL history to kick 800 goals. His milestone goal came in his 200th game as the Hawks trounced Towns.
In the expected match of the round, Railways knew they were coming up against an invigorated Rams side fresh off a victory over Brigades but still would have gone in as favourites at home for their Indigenous round clash.
There was plenty of support for both sides and they were treated to an outstanding Rams performance which saw them claim a dominant win 12.10 (82) to 4.9 (33).
After a tight opening five minutes typified by strong defensive pressure from both sides, Rams opened the scoring with a terrific snap on the run from William Thorne.
Railways got a quick response through Alex Newton with a quick soccer in the goal square. The game opened up as both teams looked dangerous on the counter but lacked that final kick to generate set shots.
Dylan Corbett found some space on the left wing and launched from 50 to get Rams’ second as Northampton gained the ascendancy.
Railways did themselves no favours as some awful kick-ins and defensive turnovers cost them repeated defensive 50 entries and arguably should have been trailing by more as some inaccurate kicking had Rams take a 3.6 (24) to 1.1 (7) lead into quarter-time.
Railways needed a spark and Shaeden Edwards got them off to a great start with a nice set shot only for Nathaniel Mourambine to respond with an easy goal from the square after Rams won the centre clearance.
This would become the theme for the day as Railways just found themselves outworked at the coalface and were burnt by Rams’ speed once they got clear.
Riley Zimmerman took a strong mark and goal to get one back for Railways, but they were still coughing up the ball and once Mourambine had his second after sneaking out the back of the pack they trailed 3.7 (25) to 7.7 (49) at half-time.
The third quarter put to bed any thought of a Railways fightback as Harrison Pluschke snapped true after another stoppage win before Tyler Caddy went check-side on the run to send the travelling Rams fans wild.
Railways only second-half goal came after a yellow card and 50m penalty against Jack McQuie but they could do nothing to stop the onslaught as Trent Simpson got his first after another turnover allowed him to run into an open goal.
Two more yellow cards were given out as Owen Delaney and Liam Poletti got involved in a scuffle but in the fourth quarter Rams coasted to victory highlighted by Flynn Dillon’s one handed speccie, their fourth in a row.
Corbett was electric through the midfield injecting pace every time he got the ball and was deserving of his best-on-ground nomination, while Dillon, Caddy, Beau Walker and Bobby Gibson were terrific for Northampton.
For Railways Jesse Adamini was again among the best with support from Blake Messina, Matthew Kimberley, Antonio Priolo and Ryan Le Tessier.
Mullewa claimed a boilover running out 29-point winners against a depleted Rovers with nine of their team having to play two games on the Sunday.
After taking a one-point lead into quarter-time they increased their advantage at every break as Rovers had no answers in a disappointing defeat.
Leon Galby was outstanding for the Saints kicking four goals and setting up other opportunities for his teammates. Chris Wall, one of the players of the day, kept composed even when put under pressure by the Demons’ defence.
At GBSC Sports Park, Brigades crushed Towns 17.21 (123) to 2.3 (15). Williamson kicked his 800th goal in his 200th game as he cemented his place as the most prolific goal kicker in the history of the GNFL. He kicked three for the match.
Jamie Ryder kicked five with Kalanni Barton, Rhama Evans, Jayden Schofield and Jordan O’Brien all having excellent games.
In round 11 Mullewa take on Towns at their home oval, while Rovers travel to face Northampton and Railways will hope to bounce back against Chapman Valley away.