Rovers have hopes of win­ning re­match

Pilbara News - - Sport - Kelly Bell

The Port Hed­land Rovers may have lost to the in-form Wick­ham Wolves on Satur­day, but are con­fi­dent of a win in a semi­fi­nal re­match this week­end.

The Wolves ran over the top of the Bull­dogs dur­ing the last quar­ter, kick­ing seven goals and two be­hinds to the Rovers’ two goals and one be­hind to win the match 14.11 (95) to 10.8 (68).

The Port Hed­land home team led at the end of the first quar­ter by one point and at the end of the third by four points — a sub­stan­tial im­prove­ment on last week’s match, when the Rovers were flogged by top-side Dampier Sharks by 226 points.

At the end of the home and away sea­son, the Rovers sit in fourth po­si­tion, one win ahead of Kar­ratha Kats and enough to line up a re­match against the third­placed Wolves this week­end in the semi­fi­nals.

Wolves’ Alec Beau, the num­ber one goal­kicker in this year’s North Pil­bara Football League, kicked another five to bring his to­tal for the sea­son to 52, two ahead of South Hed­land Swans’ Steele Viti.

Rovers se­nior coach Greg Mas­trangelo said there were no ex­cuses for the team’s fail­ure to win at the week­end.

He said Mark Cash­ion, the team’s high­est goal kicker with three, along with Jade Hodge and Joel Arnott, were the stand-out per­form­ers on Satur­day.

“It was a game that we wanted to win, but we didn’t play the best footy,” Mas­trangelo said.

“We had a rea­son­ably strong side in so there is cer­tainly no ex­cuse.

“But at the end of the day we have done enough to give our­selves a chance this week­end in the first fi­nal against the same side.”

De­spite the loss, Mas­trangelo is con­fi­dent the Bull­dogs will travel well to Wick­ham this week­end.

He said the team would get past the win quickly to front up with con­fi­dence.

“It will def­i­nitely be the strong­est trav­el­ling side we have had all year,” he said.

“The boys are go­ing in with con­fi­dence of putting on a good show.”

Pic­tures: Heather McNeill

The Port Hed­land Rovers got off to a good start in the first quar­ter of the league match.

Port Hed­land Rovers were de­feated by the Wick­ham Wolves at the week­end.

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