Sharks dominant in premiership win
The Dampier Sharks’ Junior Year 6/7 team claimed the premiership in its division after an impressive 55-point grand final win over fierce opponents the Wickham Wolves on Friday night.
The Sharks, who were playing on their home ground of Windy Ridge Oval, showed why they were the minor premiers in their grade with a skilled and gutsy performance against a determined, never-saydie Wolves side.
The game began as a close and competitive one, with both teams playing well, and it was Wickham who led by one point at quartertime.
But the Sharks put their heads down and made more of an impression in the second term.
By half-time they had kicked three majors to the Wolves’ one, taking the score to 4.3 (27) to 2.3 (15), and had the momentum going their way.
Sharks came into the third quarter still full of confidence and dominated play early on, with the ball never far from their forward 50.
By 10 minutes in, they had kicked another three goals unanswered.
Late in the term, Wickham struck back with two majors of their own in quick succession, reducing the difference to 25 points and buoying their spirits.
But the Sharks responded by upping the pressure on their opponents and kicking one more goal to see out the quarter.
Emotions were high in the final term as fans from both teams rallied for their players to dig deep.
But the Sharks again scored three goals in a row, and by that point had run away with the game.
The young Wolves kept fighting and had some good shots on goal, but the pressure from the Sharks was too great for them to make a big breakthrough.
The final score was 13.6 (84) to 4.5 (29).
Sharks coach Ben Carrigg said he and co-coach Qynn Beardman were very pleased with their team’s effort.
“We’re very proud of the boys,” he said.
“They played a very competitive game of footy against one of the harder sides in the competition.”
Carrigg said the Dampier team had done well sticking to their focus of playing fairly, focusing on the ball and looking after their fitness. He said the final win was a fitting end to a good season for Dampier.
“We’re happy with the season,” Carrigg said.
“It was a period of development because a lot of our boys had never played this level of football before — we had a lot of newer players.
“We’re very privileged they were able to mesh together the way they did.”