Fal­cons beat Rovers to grand fi­nal berth

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha Fal­cons re­serves beat Port Hed­land Rovers by 15 points at the week­end for the chance to play Wick­ham Wolves in the grand fi­nal.

Sat­ur­day’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal pit­ted two closely matched teams who fin­ished the sea­son with only one game sep­a­rat­ing them on the lad­der.

It was a mostly scrappy game that saw some sig­nif­i­cant changes in the mo­men­tum of play as both sides fought de­ter­minedly to gain the upper hand.

Fal­cons de­fended well, but did not al­ways make good use of the ball in the first quar­ter of the match.

Rovers were more ef­fec­tive and looked to be the more pol­ished team.

But the Kar­ratha side gained ur­gency and im­proved in ac­cu­racy in the sec­ond term, bring­ing a real sense of con­test to the game as some good mark­ing and tack­ling be­gan to flow from both teams.

The teams fought for pos­ses­sion and the ball went back and forth for much of the quar­ter, but ul­ti­mately Fal­cons’ bet­ter form en­abled them to catch up and then some by the time the half­time siren went.

At the main break the score was 3.4 (22) to 1.5 (11), Kar­ratha’s way.

In a de­ci­sive third term, the Fal­cons kept work­ing hard and held on to con­sol­i­date their lead, while, de­spite Rovers’ best at­tempts to break through, they were too of­ten caught out.

Kar­ratha scored early in the fi­nal quar­ter to en­sure they stayed in front and played well enough to fend off their op­po­nents with dogged pres­sure.

Port Hed­land played hard and with im­pres­sive de­ter­mi­na­tion to close the mar­gin, with some suc­cess, but it was not enough in the late stages of the game.

Fal­cons edged them out 8.6 (54) to 5.9 (39) to make it into the re­serves grand fi­nal.

They will play Wick­ham Wolves on Sat­ur­day in South Hed­land at 4pm, be­fore the league grand fi­nal.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Rovers’ and Fal­cons’ play­ers reach for a mark.

Rovers’ Todd Keyser and Fal­cons’ David Ward.

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