Fal­cons re­serves make pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha Fal­cons re­serves did enough to over­power cross-town ri­vals the Kats and make the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal af­ter a tense game on Satur­day night.

In the of­ten evenly matched con­test at Mil­lars Well Oval, it was the Fal­cons who proved most able to pre­vail in tight spots of the game, mainly be­cause of bet­ter con­sis­tency as the Kats suf­fered from kick­ing and con­ver­sion woes. The open­ing quar­ter had plenty of defensive pres­sure and phys­i­cal play,with a lot on the line for both teams who had an even win-loss ra­tio on the lad­der at the sea­son’s end.

An even quar­ter-time score of 3.1 (19) re­flected that fur­ther.

Fal­cons had a strong sec­ond quar­ter and were 16 points up, though, putting their op­po­nents on the back foot at half-time.

Kats came into the third quar­ter look­ing de­ter­mined and suc­ceeded in slow­ing down the play to re-claim con­trol of the game, clos­ing the mar­gin com­pletely to tie the game up at a 6.5 (41) at three-quar­ter time.

But Fal­cons worked hard to get ahead in the de­ci­sive fi­nal term while Kats failed to come up with the an­swers.

It meant a 9.6 (60) to 6.8 (44) win for Fal­cons that books their place in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal this week­end. They will play Port Hed­land Rovers re­serves at 4.30pm next Satur­day in Wick­ham for a shot at the grand fi­nal.

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