Kats get the cream in both grades
Karratha Kats stand alone as the only undefeated side in the NPFL league competition so far after edging out fellow top-two side the South Hedland Swans by five points in their round 3 clash on Saturday night.
The momentum swung back and forth throughout an even and unpredictable game on the Kats’ Millars Well Oval and the winner was only decided in the dying minutes, with the final result standing at 13.6 (84) to 12.7 (79) to the home side.
Both teams started off looking confident but it was the Swans who dominated in the first quarter, booting a 6.1 to 2.0 early lead to get them off to a strong start by quarter-time.
The Kats worked their way back into the game in the second quarter, keeping possession off the Swans and giving the ball plenty of time inside their forward 50.
A lucky soccer goal late in the second term helped them get two points ahead for the first time until South Hedland booted 1.3 back to go to half-time seven points ahead.
The third term was a mixed affair in which the Kats began looking like the team in control, before the Swans kicked a string of goals late in the term, punishing them for unforced errors.
With the Swans only 12 points up at the start of the final quarter, both teams went all out and found themselves level in the final few minutes.
South Hedland scored a point but the miss cost them dearly when a Kats player slotted in a goal on the rebound with about a minute left on the clock, giving his team an all-important five-point berth that handed them the game.
Kats coach John Wellington said he was pleased his team’s strategy had paid off.
“I actually went and watched the Swans last week and I thought we could get them on the outside with leg speed, so I played a fast side for that reason and it worked,” he said.
We’ve got to stick to what we do and our structures, do it in 25-minute blocks. And like I’ve told them since round 1, it might take 100 minutes of the game to wear a side down, and tonight it did.”
Completing a dream day for the Kats was a huge win in their reserves match, in which they thrashed South Hedland 21.12 (138) to 2.4 (16).
The results send the Kats to the top of both the league and reserves ladder and they are the only club undefeated in both.
South Hedland are sitting in second place on the league table.
A pack of Kats players go the spoil.
Swans' Daniel Beattie-Gilmour tries to smother Bradley Harris’ kick.
A Swans player takes a mark under pressure from Kats' Lee Roser.