Leg­ends teach Young Guns a les­son

Pilbara News - - Sport - ■ Ali­cia Perera

Wick­ham res­i­dents were out in force last Satur­day night to see the Wick­ham Wolves Leg­ends beat the Young Guns in their first-ever pre-sea­son show­case match.

Hun­dreds gath­ered at Wick­ham Oval to en­joy a sausage siz­zle, fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment and to see ex­pe­ri­ence beat youth in what turned out to be a close show­down.

The Young Guns were on scor­ing fire in the first five min­utes and racked up an early lead while the Leg­ends took some time to get into the game.

It meant the young side went to quar­ter time at 31-18.

From there the Young Guns were up for most of the match, though their lead pro­gres­sively shrunk.

The Leg­ends had re­duced the mar­gin to 56-43 by half-time, and to only seven points at 62-55 at the three-quar­ter mark.

Things got com­pet­i­tive in the fi­nal term when the young team sud­denly found the Leg­ends hot on their heels. Min­utes in, the veter­ans had scored two more goals and a point off a nar­row miss to be six points up.

They brought it home to fin­ish with a close win, 83-81.

Though there was some spec­ula- tion of score tam­per­ing to favour the past play­ers, the scorer’s own word was that su­per­goals made the dif­fer­ence.

Or­gan­iser and Leg­ends player Aaron Shel­don said ar­rang­ing the match had been a whole club ef­fort.

“The idea of the game was to get all our past play­ers back and part of the club again and sup­port our young guys, and hope­fully we can sup­port them for the rest of the year,” he said.

“Pos­si­bly next year, we’ll have an­other go. They want a re-match al­ready.”

When it came to his team’s strengths, he said “we weren’t fast but we were smart”.

AFL leg­ends Dale Kick­ett and David Wir­rpanda had been slated to play but had to pull out at the last minute.

Shel­don said the game could be­come a fix­ture of the Wolves’ pre-sea­son cal­en­dar in fu­ture.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Perera

A Wick­ham Young Guns player tries to es­cape fierce Leg­ends tack­ling.

Young Guns and Leg­ends play­ers have their eyes on the ball.

Wick­ham Wolves Leg­ends and Young Guns play­ers vie for pos­ses­sion.

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