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