Rovers stay in the hunt for finals spot
Port Hedland Rovers jumped back into the North Pilbara Football League’s top four with a convincing 83-point home win over the Karratha Falcons last weekend.
The Rovers blitzed the Falcons in the opening term, kicking six goals to one, and marched towards an 18.17 (125) to 6.6 (42) victory on Colin Matheson oval.
Rovers coach Greg Mastrangelo said the Hedland side had selected a strong team.
“We expected to perform well, and we did,” he said.
“There was a bit of a lapse in the second quarter where the Falcons kicked a couple of consecutive goals.
“But we addressed that at halftime and boys came out ready to go again and were pretty hard to stop from there.”
The loss continued a dire season for the Falcons, who slumped to their ninth straight loss.
For the Rovers, however, the win helped them leapfrog Dampier Sharks into fourth position on the NPFL ladder.
It sets up a pressure six weeks of football as the Rovers, Sharks and Karratha Kats remain in intense competition for finals spots, behind the South Hedland Swans and Wickham Wolves.
Coach Mastrangelo said his Rovers squad were excited by their recent improvement as they faced the stern challenge of playing the top three teams in the coming three weeks.
He said Ben Gasior had been impressive up forward booting four goals, while Brad Mentiplay worked hard through the midfield.
And it seems there has been more than just an on-field rebirth in the Rovers’ fortunes after the partners of Mentiplay and Mastrangelo both gave birth in recent weeks.
With a third Rover also expecting a child anytime now, Mastrangelo said it was an exciting time for the club.
“We pride ourselves on being a family club, so adding new little Rovers to the team is great news,” he said.
The Rovers reserves also continued the good times for the Port Hedland side as they maintained their second placing on the ladder with an 13.10 (88) to 5.5 (35) win over the Falcons seconds.
The Falcons look to burst through a Rovers tackle.
The Rovers and Falcons during the third term of the reserves clash.