Weekend results in NPFL and PRL
A weekend of celebrations for the Karratha Falcons in memory of previous grand final wins began on Bulgarra Oval on Friday night, with the cellar-dwellars notching their first win of the season, 18.18 (126) to 8.14 (62), over the Dampier Sharks.
Joy for the Falcons was pain for the Sharks, the wheels well and truly coming off their injuryravaged and work-affected season with their third big loss in a row.
From the outset the Sharks looked on the money as Chris Wailu and Jack Newman kept busy up front.
Even though scores were level at quarter time, the Sharks looked the better of the two sides in the slippery conditions.
The Falcons began to pull away in the second term, but it took until the final 10 minutes of the first half for the home side to really assert its authority.
A turnover on the Falcons’ defensive line by Michael Gobby was moved quickly down a wideopen centre field before being offloaded up front for an easy goal.
Michael Formanczyk followed that up with a 50m bomb seconds after the restart, before Victor Bellotti nailed a set piece straight from the next restart.
That left the Falcons going into the main break with a healthy 32point lead and things went from bad to worse for the Sharks from there.
In a disastrous start to the third term, a Sharks kick-in from the goal square after a point went directly to a Falcons’ two-on-one contest, with predictable results.
From there, the home side never looked back as they turned the screws in the final quarter to storm home for their first win of the season.
Falcons coach Greg Townsend said the win had been coming for a few weeks now.
“We’ve been playing some decent footy, but just haven’t been able to do it for four quarters,” he said.
“We haven’t been able to get our best side together for a while and realised the Sharks probably aren’t at full strength, but a win’s a win for us.” The Falcons reserves started the weekend perfectly with a huge 18.8 (116) to 0.6 (6) win over the Sharks reserves.
Michael Formanczyk kicks into the forward 50 under pressure.
Sharks ruckman Chris Wailu tries to gain possession.