Wolves start premier­ship ti­tle de­fence with vic­tory over the Sharks

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

Wick­ham Wolves showed promis­ing form in winning their first round game against the Dampier Sharks last Fri­day night.

The 2016 mi­nor pre­miers fought hard and came out 33 points ahead, 13.8 (86) to 7.11 (53), at their home ground against the vis­it­ing Sharks. Dampier started well and recorded more shots on goal than their op­po­nents in the first quar­ter.

They slot­ted in 3.3 to Wick­ham’s 2.1 to go to quar­ter-time ahead, but Wick­ham took con­trol of play in the sec­ond term and kicked five goals to catch up and then break away. By the half-time siren they had man­aged to get 18 points clear and sat at 7.5 (47) to the Sharks’ 4.5 (29). The Wolves added a fur­ther five goals on to ex­tend that lead in the third, while Dampier had a few chances of their own but missed too many times to make it count on the score­board.

It was a sim­i­lar story in the last term though the Sharks scored 2.3 to re­duce the fi­nal mar­gin to a re­spectable 33 points.

The Wolves’ Claude Tay­lor scored an im­pres­sive five goals to top the league goal-kick­ers’ lad­der af­ter the first round, while his team­mates Danny Wolfenden and Ross Dou­glas also scored two each.

It was even harder go­ing for the Sharks in their re­serves match, in which the home side went on a ram­page in at­tack and sub­jected them to an 80-point thrash­ing.

Wolves led through­out the game, ul­ti­mately rack­ing up a 17.11 (113) fi­nal score to Sharks’ 5.3 (33).

Chris Milne and Brock Brown were the Wolves’ best goal-kick­ers with three apiece.

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