Wolves ram­pant at home

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

Hun­dreds of par­ents and sup­port­ers flocked to Wick­ham Oval for the West Pil­bara Ju­nior Football As­so­ci­a­tion fi­nals on Sun­day, which saw the Wick­ham Wolves take out two premier­ship flags in front of their home crowd.

A strong Year 6/7’s Wolves side de­feated the Kar­ratha Fal­cons 7214, with tal­ented up-and-comer Law­son Humphries awarded best on ground.

The Year 8/9 Kar­ratha Kats de­feated the Fal­cons 56-55 in a nail biter, only win­ning mo­ments be­fore the fi­nal siren sounded.

Kat’s star player Steve Utting was awarded best and fairest for the game.

Other stand­outs for the Kats were Dre Walker, Ash Slater and cap­tain Jaxon Mal­lard.

Honourable men­tions went to Fal­con’s play­ers Ken­ton Smiler, Jock Wal­ton and Hoira Wat­son who also played sen­sa­tion­ally.

Kats coach Steve White said the game was a high­light for Kar­ratha spec­ta­tors.

“It was a fan­tas­tic game, it was a real plea­sure to see the next gen­er­a­tion of play­ers out on the field to­day,” he said.

“The Fal­con’s played well, it could have gone ei­ther way re­ally and the crowd loved it.”

The Kats were un­lucky in the Year 10/11/12 fi­nal, los­ing 27-80, in a game dom­i­nated by the Wolves from the open­ing quar­ter.

By half-time it looked as if the Kats were mak­ing ground, but the Wolves ran away with the game.

Wick­ham’s very own Liam Smith earnt best and fairest hon­ours, with honourable men­tions to his team mates Ray Tay­lor, Kendall Tay­lor and Ai­den Say­lor.

Coach Josh Delint said it was a well-de­served win for the boys, who had played con­sis­tently through­out the sea­son.

West Pil­bara Ju­nior Football As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Stu­art Chet­tle said it was pleas­ing to see three sen­sa­tional games of football.

“We’ve had over 880 kids sign up to play, it just goes to show how strong ju­nior AFL is in the West Pil­bara,” he said.

Bran­don Poyner was the league’s lead goal kicker with 101 goals for the sea­son. Nel­son White won best and fairest medal at the As­so­ci­a­tion’s Pre­sen­ta­tion Night, with Jock Wal­ton run­ner-up.

Pic­ture: Chris Green

The Wick­ham Wolves also took out the Year 6/7 West Pil­bara Ju­nior Football As­so­ci­a­tion Premier­ship.

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