Killer Kats make Sharks flounder
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.
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.