Kats Re­serves celebrate fi­nal win

Pilbara News - - Front Page - ■ Heather McNeill

The Kar­ratha Kats re­serves team kept the South Hed­land Swans goal­less in the first half to easily run away with the North Pil­bara Football League re­serves premier­ship at the week­end.

In a dom­i­nant dis­play the Kats were tri­umphant 10.8 (68) to 1.8 (14) in front of a crowd of thou­sands who packed the bound­ary line of Kevin Scott Oval in South Hed­land.

Club pres­i­dent Shane Harris said the team got off to a good start with the wind favour­ing their scor­ing end.

“We were win­ning a lot of ball out of the mid­field,” he said.

“Brad Harris was best on ground for the game, he was get­ting a lot of pos­ses­sion out loose and through the mid­field as well.

“We were dom­i­nat­ing in the ruck with our two ruck­man, Bren­dan Bliz­zard and Chris Ge­orge.”

Mr Harris said Michael Smith stood up for the team in front of goal boot­ing four goals for the game, the most of any player.

Mean­while the Swans were kept to just the one goal from Jack Cop­pin; with the Kats de­fence, led by Brae­don Atkins, leav­ing the home crowd with lit­tle to cheer about.

The cel­e­bra­tions for the Kats con­tin­ued into the week with the team dress­ing up for their tra­di­tional Mad Mon­day event.

Mr Harris said it was pleas­ing for the re­serves team to come away with the win but that it was dis­ap­point­ing the league team did not get a chance to de­fend their 2014 premier­ship. “From a club per­spec­tive a league premier­ship is the main goal but it wasn’t to be this year and we’re happy to come away with the re­serves premier­ship,” he said.

Pic­tures: Ben Leahy and Eddo Hine

The vic­to­ri­ous Kats re­serves team celebrate their 2015 premier­ship.

Kats re­serves coach Craig Hawkes con­grat­u­lates Braeden Atkins as he hands him his premier­ship medal­lion.

The South Hed­land Swans re­serves team strug­gled in front of goal, kick­ing just one ma­jor.

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