Falcons wrap up season with morale-boosting victory
Karratha Falcons may have struggled for much of the 2016 season but they finished it on a high with a 20-point win over Port Hedland Rovers on Saturday.
Playing at home, the Falcons dug deep for their final game in front of supporters at their home ground to come out on top 13.19 (97) to 12.5 (77).
Scores remained fairly even throughout the first half, and despite having more opportunities on goal Karratha were only six points up at half-time.
The third quarter made all the difference, and by maintaining that narrow lead in the final term the Falcons managed to edge Rovers.
Although the win still did not give Falcons a place in the finals or save them from finishing bottom of the ladder this year, it capped off an impressive late-season turnaround in results and morale for a team that was winless as of round 10. Meanwhile the result means the Rovers go into the semifinals in fourth place, only one game shy of the third-placed Kats, who they will play away at Millars Well Oval on Saturday.
The Falcons reserves also defeated their Port Hedland opponents and by a bigger margin.
It was the Rovers who had a slight lead in the first two quarters, but the home side came storming back to win 10.14 (74) to 5.8 (38).
Both teams will be part of the reserves semifinals this weekend.