Wickham finals for both codes
Wickham Wasps have earned a home grand final after a resounding win over Port Hedland Hawks in their semifinal last Saturday.
Rugby fans were treated to an exciting, high-quality game in the top-two match-up at Wickham Oval, with some intense pressure and slick passages of play on show.
While the Wasps looked like the dominant side for much of the match, and took no prisoners on their way to chalking up a final score of 44-12, the Hawks were formidable opponents and made the home side work hard for most of the game.
Both teams got points on the board early, before the Hedland side seemed to lose steam in attack, though maintained the pressure on Wickham.
Hedland came into the second half looking refreshed and quickly scored the first try and conversion of the term.
With the scoreline suddenly narrowed to 14-12 the Wasps’ way, players and fans alike were on edge, and stayed that way as both teams remained locked in an armwrestle.
But the Wasps gained momen tum as the half wore on, and about midway through, they broke the drought with a try from Joe Wilsher. It galvanised the team and the scores kept coming as they ran away with the game.
reward is a place in the grand final, which will be played on their home ground, and a week’s break in the meantime.
The Hawks will have a second chance in a preliminary final this weekend against Karratha Broncos, who crushed the Roosters’ finals hopes by a mere four points, 28-24, on Saturday.
The match will be played on the Hawks’ home turf at Marie Marland Reserve, South Hedland, this Saturday at 7.30pm.
Wasps' Daniel Bloxham tackles Hawks' Richie Wuruki.
Wasps' David Oxley on the run.