Wick­ham Wolves go clear of the pack as Cross boots 10

Pilbara News - - PILBARA SPORT - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Wick­ham Wolves have moved to the top of the NPFL ta­ble while the Dampier Sharks’ sea­son hangs by a thread af­ter a 94-point thrash­ing in favour of the vis­i­tors at Windy Ridge at the week­end.

The vic­tory has set tongues wag­ging about a po­ten­tial fairy­tale triple for Wick­ham, with their re­serves side and rugby league coun­ter­parts also sit­ting pretty at the top of the ta­ble.

Un­like the pre­vi­ous week, it didn’t take long for the Wolves to hit their straps against a se­verely de­pleted Sharks out­fit, boot­ing five ma­jors in the first term.

Jar­rod Cross was un­stop­pable up front on his way to a 10-goal haul, all but se­cur­ing him the lead­ing goal scorer ti­tle with 52 goals, 13 clear of his near­est ri­val.

The Wolves lost their radar in the sec­ond term but 11 more goals in the sec­ond half gave them the per­cent­age boost needed to leapfrog the Swans into first place with a 19.18 (132) to 5.8 (38) win.

A match in South Hed­land against the Swans in the fi­nal round is likely to de­cide who gains the cru­cial home-ground ad­van­tage come fi­nals time.

The Wolves re­serves made light work of the Sharks ear­lier in the night, dis­pos­ing of their op­po­nents 20.25 (145) to 3.2 (20).

With two rounds to play, the Wolves have now se­cured top spot on the re­serves lad­der.

Wolves re­serves are 12 points clear of Rovers.

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