Kats earn a shot at league grand fi­nal

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Rovers’ Bren­dan Meagher and Kats’ Lee Roser go up a mark.

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