Rovers fight Kats down to the wire

Pilbara News - - Sport - Re­becca Parish

Port Hed­land Rovers had a taste of what their first fi­nals foot­ball match might look like, when they faced up against Kar­ratha Kats at home last week­end in a tight match.

The Rovers man­aged to only just take the win, beat­ing the Kats by 13 points, 10.9 (68) to 8.7 (55).

It was a full four-quar­ter game of foot­ball, ac­cord­ing to Rovers coach Greg Mas­trangelo, who said while his side per­formed well early on, the game was only won in the last two min­utes of play.

“It was a pretty tough en­counter,” he said.

“We kind of got con­trol in the first half, but the Kats came out in the sec­ond half (and) par­tic­u­larly the third quar­ter and sort of started to hit us back a bit.

“In the last quar­ter, it was any­one’s game ... but we man­aged to fight it out.”

Ben Ga­sior kicked five goals for the Rovers, stand­ing out for his team, with Brad Hors­man also kick­ing three goals and work­ing well in the mid­field.

Mas­trangelo said the back six also worked well as a group and kept the side in the game when needed.

The Rovers will take on the Fal­cons in Kar­ratha next week­end in their fi­nal match for the reg­u­lar fix­tures, and Mas­trangelo said the plan was to take the strong­est side pos­si­ble.

“We want to play good footy rolling into the first week of fi­nals where we’ll prob­a­bly play the Kats again, more than likely at their home ground,” he said.

“For us, it’s all about team footy. “We’ve been play­ing re­ally well as a group ... go­ing into fi­nals footy, it helps to have each player ac­tu­ally per­form­ing, no pas­sen­gers.”

In the re­serves, Kar­ratha Kats beat the Rovers in an­other tight con­test, 7.11 (53) to 7.7 (49).

Pic­ture: Sarah Ziege­laar

Three Rovers take on one of the Kats.

The Rovers se­cured the win in the dy­ing mo­ments of the game.

The Rovers won the game by 13 points.

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