Kats earn a shot at league grand final
Karratha Kats have earned the chance to play for a spot in the North Pilbara Football League grand final after a confident semifinal win over the Port Hedland Rovers at Millars Well Oval.
The Saturday game between the usually closely matched teams was one the Kats mostly dominated across the field, though Rovers played hard and provided a good contest throughout.
It led to a 9.12 (66) to 8.3 (51) win for the home side.
The first quarter was slow as both teams started acutely aware of the sudden-death stakes and arm-wrestled to get some early points on the board, without many results.
It meant the ball was held up in the midfield for most of the term, though the Kats managed to get eight points in front going to the break.
In the second quarter, the play sped up and Kats started asserting their dominance, especially in attack.
By half-time, they had kicked their way to an almost-20-point lead at 5.5 (35) to 2.2 (14).
In the third term, the teams’ early intensity was back, making for an exciting quarter.
Rovers did not say die, despite being down by 30 points at one point, and fought back to reduce the difference to 15 at threequarter time.
There was also some controversy sparked after a Kats player was awarded a 20m free kick and scored.
In the final term, the home side set themselves up well with a major in the very first minute, and though the Rovers kept playing hard and applying pressure they did not do enough in attack to close in on their opponents.
The Kats will have their work cut out for them in the preliminary final next weekend, playing Wickham Wolves in Wickham at 6.45pm on Saturday for the chance to face South Hedland Swans in the grand final.
Rovers’ Brendan Meagher and Kats’ Lee Roser go up a mark.