Inaccurate Kats steady over Rovers
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.
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.