Teams sink the boot into new sea­son

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Perera

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).

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Perera

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.

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