Kats get the cream in both grades

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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