Deja vu

Kats, Swans hit their straps

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

Com­ing off a mid­dling 2016 sea­son, the Dampier Sharks proved they are more than ca­pa­ble of be­ing a threat in their round two thrash­ing of the Port Hed­land Rovers on Satur­day.

Play­ing at home at Windy Ridge Oval, Sharks dom­i­nated their op­po­nents across the field and through­out the game on their way to a huge 91-point win.

The fi­nal score stood at 17.16 (118) to 4.3 (27).

The match be­gan with North Pil­bara Foot­ball League of­fi­cials pre­sent­ing main com­pe­ti­tion spon­sor the Pil­bara Ports Author­ity with a cus­tom-made foot­ball to recog­nise its sup­port.

A PPA staff mem­ber also of­fi­ci­ated the coin toss.

Sharks dom­i­nated the first quar­ter with the ball barely leav­ing their for­ward half dur­ing the term.

De­spite stop-start play they moved the ball well through the mid­field and con­verted to rack up an early 28-point lead while hold­ing their op­po­nents score­less by quar­ter-time.

Rovers made some progress in the sec­ond quar­ter when they scored two goals but they were un­able to keep up with the Sharks’ pace as they kicked an­other five.

Play sped up and Sharks con­tin­ued get­ting all the re­sults on the score­board in the third term and while Port Hed­land showed great work ethic and man­aged an­other two ma­jors in the last quar­ter it was not enough to pre­vent the game end­ing as a blood­bath.

Sharks’ act­ing coach Ryan Hawke said it had been a stel­lar per­for­mance for his side.

“The high­light was a pretty good per­for­mance all over the ground,” he said.

“The mid­field got it out of there pretty eas­ily and the struc­tures in the for­ward line were re­ally good.”

“We didn’t do too much wrong, as you can see on the score­board.”

He sin­gled out cap­tain James Rhodes, Bren­nan Ste­wart and Michael Walsh as stand-out per­form­ers.

Among the Sharks’ long list of goal kick­ers were Ste­wart, who kicked four, and Shane Mcin­tosh and Michael Ballem with three each.

The Sharks also won their re­serves match, 11.8 (74) to Rovers’ 6.4 (40). De­spite a con­sis­tently solid ef­fort from their op­po­nents, the Sharks kicked away in the sec­ond quar­ter and kept the mo­men­tum go­ing from there.

Rovers' Kieran Hard­ing reaches to spoil a ball in­tended for a Sharks player.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Sharks' Jack New­man kicks to a team­mate over a Rovers de­fender.

Rovers' Kieran Hard­ing and Sharks' Guy Lang­don go up for a mark.

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