Foot­ball

First draw of the sea­son

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Alicia Per­era

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).

Pic­tures: Alicia Per­era

Wolves' Tyson Martin brings down Kats' Daniel Farmer.

Wolves' Ray­mond Dhu kicks for goal.

Wolves and Kats play­ers vie for the ball.

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