Rovers fight Kats down to the wire
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).
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.