Cool Kats end Fal­cons’ fi­nals dream

Pilbara News - - PILBARA SPORT - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Kats’ Mark Tubridy is shown a yel­low card in the fi­nal term.

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