Falcons beat Rovers to grand final berth
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.
Rovers’ and Falcons’ players reach for a mark.
Rovers’ Todd Keyser and Falcons’ David Ward.