Teams sink the boot into new season
Jarrod Cross help the Wickham Wolves get off on the right foot as NPFL returned for 2016. Elsewhere, the Sharks and Falcons scrapped out a close game while the opening weekend wasn’t too kind to the Karratha Kats.
Wickham Wolves established themselves as a team to beat this North Pilbara Football League season with a confident win over the Port Hedland Rovers in their first-round game.
The polished Wolves dominated a committed Rovers side in the high-scoring match at Wickham Oval and triumphed 12.16 (88) to 9.13 (67).
The first quarter was fairly even as both teams took some time to settle in and saw plenty of scoring shots with little conversion.
In the second quarter, both teams stepped up the pressure, but it was the home team that took control of play.
The Wolves led hard into attack and effectively intercepted the Rovers’ dogged attempts to come forward.
They capitalised with several goals, while the Rovers struggled to convert their chances and only added one point to their scoreline by the end of the quarter.
They trailed by 23 points at half-time.
The away side had a chance to come back in the last quarter, when a few late majors kept them within three goals of the Wolves, but they could not get it out of their opponents’ attacking 50 for long enough.
David Walley and Jarrod Cross were the Wolves’ top scorers while Michael Lakeman got three for the Rovers.
The Wolves reserves did even better in their match, defeating the Rovers 14.12 (96) to 2.3 (15).
Wickham Wolves' Raymond Taylor breaks away from two Port Hedland Rovers players.
Two Rovers players contest a mark.
Wolves' Ethan Wynne kicks through the Rovers defence.