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The Dampier Sharks locked up the North Pil­bara Football League mi­nor premier­ship with a close win against the Kar­ratha Fal­cons on Fri­day night.

The Sharks over­came a slug­gish start, a one-goal half-time deficit and nu­mer­ous in­juries to win 11.13 (79) to 9.11 (65).

A loss would have meant the strong pos­si­bil­ity of hav­ing to travel to South Hed­land for the first semi­fi­nal this week.

Fal­cons played tough and came out hard in the sec­ond quar­ter.

But the Sharks have be­come known for their hard fin­ishes this sea­son, and they didn’t dis­ap­point.

A third-quar­ter rally brought the Sharks back into the lead as Lay­ton Cooper (three goals) booted a few tricky goals to push his side out in front by the skin of their teeth, 9.11 (65) to 8.7 (55).

If the first three pe­ri­ods looked bruis­ing, the fi­nal quar­ter was an all-out war.

Sharks snagged a pair of goals in the last, but Fal­cons kept look­ing dan­ger­ous right up un­til the fi­nal buzzer.

Ash­ley Cooper had four goals for Fal­cons, while long-time club­man Vic­tor Bel­lotti had a strong game and one goal.

Guy Lang­don pulled down some strong marks in the match.

In the re­serves, Sharks pulled off a win against the Fal­cons 14.9 (93) to 9.4 (58) to fin­ish third.

The Sharks stepped up in the last quar­ter, run­ning out in the last 10 min­utes and fin­ish­ing the sea­son for the red hot young Fal­cons, who had won five of their last six go­ing into the match.

Pic­tures: Peterter de Krui­jff

Dampier Sharks’ Chris Wailu grabs a con­tested mark.

Dampier Sharks’ Ray Stewart leads a merry chase down the ground.

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