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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.
Dampier Sharks’ Chris Wailu grabs a contested mark.
Dampier Sharks’ Ray Stewart leads a merry chase down the ground.