In­ac­cu­rate Kats steady over Rovers

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Kar­ratha Kats have put some breath­ing space be­tween them­selves and their near­est ri­vals on the lad­der with a 39-point vic­tory over the Port Hed­land Rovers at Mil­lars Well.

With an end re­sult of 10.14 (74) to 5.5 (35) the game will go down on paper as a com­fort­able vic­tory, but spec­ta­tors were treated to an end-to-end run­ning game with plenty of big hits and hotly-con­tested pos­ses­sion. The first quar­ter was all one man, with Kats ace Lee Roser get­ting the bet­ter of the Rovers de­fence to find plenty of clear air in the for­ward 50.

Roser slot­ted three goals in the first quar­ter be­fore be­ing subbed off af­ter land­ing awk­wardly early in the sec­ond. The in­jury was not se­ri­ous as he took to the pad­dock for short bursts later in the game.

A 35-1 score­line go­ing in to the sec­ond looked omi­nous, but the Kats lost their dom­i­nance up for­ward in the sec­ond term to give the Rovers a sniff.

While the likes of James Kirk­land and Vaughan Smith pro­vided a fruit­ful path through the mid­dle for the Kats, they were un­able to link up with play­ers in front of goal, re­sult­ing in just two points be­ing scored head­ing into the main break, with scores at 5.7 (37) to 2.2 (14).

Sens­ing an op­por­tu­nity, the Rovers added ex­tra tall tim­ber up front to start the sec­ond half of play. How­ever, the Kats nul­li­fied any po­ten­tial gains, dom­i­nat­ing pos­ses­sion and field po­si­tion.

That dom­i­nance failed to con­vert to a big score how­ever, with the Kats seem­ingly un­able to buy a goal in the third. Eight shots at the posts re­sulted in just two goals for the boys in blue.

Luck­ily the Kats’ de­fence was on fire, lim­it­ing Rovers to 1.1 in the third as clean hands and quick dis­pos­als kept time in the home side’s de­fen­sive 50 to a min­i­mum.

With a much im­proved radar in the fi­nal term the Kats bagged three more goals, with Bray­den Lee equalling Roser as top goal scorer for the night.

The Kats re­serves es­caped from jail ear­lier in the night af­ter trail­ing at ev­ery break. The Rovers went into the fi­nal break ahead 8.4 (52) to 6.3 (39) but were un­able to take a shot in the last quar­ter, with the Kats slot­ting 3.2 to win by seven points.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

James Kirk­land slips away from his Rovers' marker.

Ryan Powles kicks un­der pres­sure.

Kats' for­ward Lee Roser got the bet­ter of his op­po­si­tion all night.

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