Sharks dom­i­nant in premier­ship win

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.”

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