Wolves hunt down Kats in big win

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

A fi­nal-quar­ter fire stoked the Wick­ham Wolves’ fi­nals charge as they cruised home to a 45-point win over the Kar­ratha Kats on a cold night in Wick­ham at the week­end.

The Wolves and Kats both turned up with­out their radars switched on and, by the fi­nal break, the score­card read a dis­mal seven goals, 22 be­hinds com­bined.

It took un­til the fourth term for the favourites to fi­nally click into gear, dou­bling their goal tally to end the night 10.17 (77) to 3.14 (32) vic­tors.

The Kats had the run of the ball to start the game, but the Wolves’ de­fence was frus­trat­ing, win­ning the bulk of con­tested pos­ses­sions in­side their own 50.

The theme con­tin­ued through the night as the Kats started each of the first three quar­ters on the front foot but failed to make an im­pact on the score­board.

Be­fore the last quar­ter, the Wolves only man­aged one pe­riod of con­sis­tent for­ward pres­sure.

The home side had the Kats pinned down at the north­ern end of the ground for seven min­utes to fin­ish the first half but, like the Kats, their ef­forts were mostly fruit­less.

The vis­i­tors’ de­fence proved a tough nut to crack though and sev­eral kicks on goal were ei­ther tapped or rushed be­hind, re­sult­ing in a half-time score­line of 3.11 (39) to 1.3 (9) in favour of the Wolves.

Ken­dall Tay­lor was a star for the Wolves, win­ning most of his one-on-ones and com­ing out on top un­der the high ball on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, de­spite his small stature.

Tyson Ni­cholas top scored for the Wolves, slot­ting three ma­jors.

Danny Wolfenden and Lan­don Punch each bagged a dou­ble.

In the re­serves game, a sec­ondquar­ter blowout helped the Wolves to a 28-point win. The scores were level at quar­ter-time but a big se­cond term saw the Wolves push out to 7.8 (50) to 3.3 (21) by half­time.

The rest of the game was evenly con­tested, with the Kats un­able to reel the score­line back in and the Wolves kept from push­ing fur­ther ahead.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Craig Eg­berts gets the tap off the restart.

Leon Sil­vio goes in for the smother on Jar­rod Cross.

Lan­don Punch with a safe pair of hands.

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