Week­end re­sults in NPFL and PRL

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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.

Pho­tos avail­able at west­pix.com.au Hay­den Patch­ing was busy all night for the Fal­cons. Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Michael For­manczyk kicks into the for­ward 50 un­der pres­sure.

Sharks ruck­man Chris Wailu tries to gain pos­ses­sion.

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