Fal­cons wrap up sea­son with morale-boost­ing vic­tory

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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