Wolves de­liver solid game against Sharks to host finals

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

Wick­ham will host finals footy this year af­ter the ta­ble-top­ping Wolves knocked off the Dampier Sharks by 31 points.

For Wick­ham it is a chance to for­get about the heart­break of 2016, when the hot favourites lost two straight home finals games to miss a golden op­por­tu­nity for the flag.

The Wolves started strongly and de­fended their early lead through­out the night to record an 11.8 (74) to 5.13 (43) vic­tory.

A five-goal first quar­ter set the tempo for the game, as the Wolves were fast in at­tack and staunch in de­fence, keep­ing the Sharks to two be­hinds by the first break.

The game went end-to-end in the sec­ond, with the Sharks and Wolves trad­ing blows.

In the third term, how­ever, the Sharks made in­roads into bridg­ing the gap. Deon Alec proved cru­cial for the vis­i­tors as they kept the Wolves goal­less in the third term.

Way­ward kick­ing proved an en­emy of the Sharks, how­ever, as their three third-term goals came with six be­hinds.

The Wolves started the fi­nal quar­ter ahead by 13 de­spite hav­ing two fewer scor­ing shots, and had the legs to bring the game home, run­ning in three goals to nil to close out the game and en­sure there would be no re­peat of 2016.

Jar­rod Cross booted four ma­jors for the Wolves, and Tyson Ni­cholas kicked three.

Wolves fans also cel­e­brated the re­serves side’s big win over the Port Hed­land Rovers.

The home side put on a blis­ter­ing fi­nal term to record a com­fort­able 12.7 (79) to 3.6 (24) win.

Chris Milne kicked five goals.

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