Killer Kats make Sharks floun­der

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha Kats thrashed Dampier Sharks by more than 100 points in the last game of the sea­son, con­sol­i­dat­ing their third rank­ing on the lad­der go­ing into fi­nals and send­ing their de­ter­mined op­po­nents out of the run­ning for 2016.

De­spite the big win of 19.18 (132) to 4.4 (28) the Kats’ way at Mil­lars Well Oval, it was not an easy game for ei­ther side.

Kats came out on the front foot and put in a stand-out dis­play in the first quar­ter, mov­ing the ball eas­ily through their for­ward zone for most of the term, and would have been feel­ing com­fort­able at 25 points up at quar­ter time.

The Sharks stepped up the pres­sure from then on, though, with some hard tack­ling and fiercely con­tested play, re­fus­ing to make it easy for their op­po­nents, as the Kats con­tin­ued to strug­gle with con­ver­sion which has been the team’s weak point all sea­son.

But the home side were still more than able to make an im­pact on the score­board when they did man­age to break through, and only kept on ex­tend­ing their lead as the Sharks strug­gled to get re­sults in at­tack.

The game marks the end of Dampier Sharks’ 2016 cam­paign, which has had its ups and downs but been hit hard by in­juries and the de­mands of work com­mit­ments.

It takes the Kats to a third-placed fin­ish on the lad­der with one win more than close ri­vals the Port Hed­land Rovers, who they will now face next Satur­day at 4.30pm at Mil­lars Well for the semi­fi­nal.

The Kats also came up trumps against the Sharks in the re­serves match, af­ter a marked change of for­tunes in the sec­ond half.

Sharks were con­sis­tently a few goals out in front in the first two quar­ters and were six points ahead by half-time.

But Kats came into the third term with re­newed en­ergy, putting in a six-goal ef­fort as their op­po­nents floun­dered and were held score­less.

While Dampier re­cov­ered some­what in the fi­nal quar­ter, it was not enough to make up the dif­fer­ence.

The fi­nal re­sult was a 41-point win the Kats’ way, 11.12 (78) to 6.1 (37).

They will play the semi­fi­nal against the Fal­cons re­serves at Mil­lars Well on Satur­day.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Kats and Sharks play­ers go up for a mark.

Sharks' Christopher Bai­ley runs down Kats' Cody Schalk.

Kats' Jack­son Davey and Sharks' Jono Bin Salleh.

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