North Pil­bara claim tough con­test

Pilbara News - - Sport - Re­becca Par­ish

The North Pil­bara Foot­ball League stormed home with a win over the West Kim­ber­ley Foot­ball League at the week­end, win­ning the in­ter­league match 13.13 (91) to 10.15 (75).

It was a hotly con­tested game from the out­set at Colin Mathe­son Oval in Port Hed­land, with the Pil­bara side keen to fol­low up last year’s win against New­man with an­other win this year.

The first half didn’t look promis­ing for them though, with the West Kim­ber­ley side show­cas­ing a strong out­fit.

West Kim­ber­ley man­aged to stay in front, dom­i­nat­ing play, but it was the fi­nal quar­ter that sealed the win for the NPFL as they kicked seven goals to fin­ish the match.

Pil­bara player Steele Viti kicked five goals for his side on Satur­day night with Bran­den Col­bung kick­ing three, while for the Kim­ber­ley side Sel­wyn Hunter kicked three and Der­mott Wil­son and Jay­den Thomas kicked two. NPFL in­ter­league team coach Rick Hockey said the game plan was to wear down the op­po­si­tion and fin­ish strong, adding he knew if his side was go­ing to win, it would be in the last quar­ter.

“We had pretty ba­sic rules that we had to fol­low and a game plan; we talked about sev­eral days be­fore,” he said.

“We knew ini­tially that at the end of the first quar­ter, there was a very good chance we wouldn’t be in front be­cause they’re a very fast and flashy team ... the sec­ond quar­ter was much the same as the first they were very skil­ful and we had to do a lot of hard work on their bodies in terms of stop­pages.

“In the third quar­ter, Broome started show­ing signs of slow­ing down (and) we vir­tu­ally came storm­ing home.”

Hockey said he was pleased with the out­come for his sec­ond year as coach, adding Lance Lau­rance, Chris Simms and Alex Fraun­fel­ter played well for the NPFL side.

Pic­tures: Claire Smith

North Pil­bara Foot­ball League took on the West Kim­ber­ley Foot­ball League on Satur­day night.

North Pil­bara and West Kim­ber­ley play­ers con­test the ruck.

Play­ers eye the loose ball.

North Pil­bara won the clash by 16 points.

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