First draw of the season
Wickham Wolves and Karratha Kats league sides had their first draw of the season after an evenly matched round 8 game last Friday night.
Though a badly timed scoreboard error had everyone at Millars Well Oval thinking the result was a Wickham win, the 8.14 (62) to 8.14 (62) final score spoke for just how tight the contest was from beginning to end.
The first half was hard-fought and slow going at times, as the two teams, which usually stand-out for their speed and offensive style of play, focused on defence.
The home side was slightly up for most of the first half, but Wickham focused as half-time approached and used their chances to draw one point ahead going into the break.
The Wolves came back for the third term looking fresh and ready to strike.
While the Kats continued to apply pressure, Wolves showed their skill for finding scoring opportunities in tight spots and efficiently slipped through enough to have gained an 18-point buffer by the end of the quarter.
Kats fought back hard throughout the final term and eventually clawed back on par with their opponents.
The game went down to the wire in the dying minutes as first Wickham, and then Karratha, scored a crucial goal against the odds.
When the siren sounded, the scoreboard showed a 8.14 (62) to 8.13 (61) win to Wickham, and Wolves players celebrated as the Kats tried to process a second one-point loss this season.
But the umpires were quick to point out there had been an error on the scoreboard and the correct final result was a draw, 8.14 (62), to both teams.
It was a result neither side will be too pleased with, because it puts the Wolves another game down compared to the undefeated South Hedland Swans and keeps the Kats firmly in the middle of the table, along with Dampier Sharks and Port Hedland Rovers. In the reserves game, the Wolves dominated and scored consistently to notch up a win over the Kats side, 10.10 (70) to 7.6 (48).
Wolves' Tyson Martin brings down Kats' Daniel Farmer.
Wolves' Raymond Dhu kicks for goal.
Wolves and Kats players vie for the ball.