Swans edge out Kats in thrilling clash
The undefeated South Hedland Swans league side faced their biggest scare so far this season when they beat fifth-placed Karratha Kats by one point in the dying seconds of their match last Saturday night.
With the lead constantly changing, the Swans’ skills and efficiency gave them the slight edge needed to get over the line when it all came down to a free kick on the siren, giving them a 11.6 (72) to 10.11 (71) win.
The first quarter started slow and it was the Kats who got out on the front foot, kicking their way to a two-goal buffer.
But the contest was really on when the Swans swung into motion in the second term.
Despite Karratha’s dogged efforts to bring the ball forward and keep it in their offensive zone for most of the quarter, they struggled to convert.
Meanwhile, the Swans employed a mainly defensive style of play while striking and scoring with almost clinical precision when it counted.
The half-time score was a 37-all draw.
South Hedland dominated play in the third quarter, outscoring their opponents and applying tight defensive pressure, and were significantly ahead by the break.
But the Kats did not give up and came back fighting in a passionate final-term offensive with a lot of success.
Crowd anticipation was high minutes before the end, as Karratha found themselves on the cusp of defeating the top team after a goal from an inside-50 free kick put them five points up.
But another free kick, awarded to Swans’ Kurtis Geary right in front of goal on the final buzzer, quickly cut any home side celebration short.
Geary’s goal gave the Swans their sixth straight win while Kats remain fifth on the league ladder.
In the reserves match, Kats won 8.9 (57) to 7.4 (46) despite the determined attempts of South Hedland to come back from behind.
Matthew Tamm scored five goals for the Kats alone while Renan Eaton chalked up three for Swans.
Several Swans players reach for a mark against Kats’ defence.
Kats players Jackson Davey and Daniel Farmer celebrate a crucial goal late in the fourth quarter.
Swans' Luke Rafferty and Kats' Todd Kovacevich tussle for the ball.