Cool Kats end Falcons’ finals dream
Life support for the Karratha Falcons 2016 NPFL season has been switched off, but not without a fight, after they went down to cross-town rivals Karratha Kats by 34 points at the weekend.
Coming into the Aboriginal Legal Service’s Tackling Violence Out Of Our Communities round game at Millars Well, the Falcons were still a slim possibility of making the four.
Their recent form coupled with an opposition running short of first-choice forwards made for a perfect end-of-season script to continue.
It wasn’t to be though, as the home team dominated field position for large tracts of the game and had an improved night in front of the big sticks after last week’s 14-point shocker.
The ball rarely left the Kats’ forward 50 in the first quarter but four straight behinds and two brief yet fruitful forays forward for the Falcons left a visibly frustrated Kats’ coach staring at a 3.5 (23) to 2.2 (14) quarter time scoreline.
Despite possession and field position evening out, the Kats blew the scoreline out to 30 points at half-time through a more accurate goal-kicking display.
Katter Sam Hughes worked hard in every contest out wide while fellow midfielder Bradley Harris had a strong game, frequently moving the ball deep into the forward 50.
Aware their small finals window was closing, the Falcons were never going to go down wondering, and in a spirited third term the visitors turned the run of the game in their favour.
It wouldn’t translate on the scoreboard however, with the reliable Kats defence frustrating the Falcons and ensuring a handy 23-point margin at the final break.
The Falcons continued to push forward in the fourth quarter but went without reward.
Down the other end the Kats were having more success and as the clock ran down tempers threatened to boil over.
The lead grew to 40 points at one stage but the final score ended at 12.15 (87) to 7.11 (53) in the Kats’ favour. In the reserves the Kats were behind in the first half but ran out 11.9 (75) to 8.7 (55) winners on the back of a strong third term.
A clearing kicks from the Falcons defensive 50 gains plenty of interest.
Kats’ James Kirkland gets clear of his marker.
Kats’ Sam Hughes charges down the wing.
Jesse Maiorana marks in front of goal for the Falcons.