Rovers have hopes of winning rematch
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.”
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.