Rovers take a loss against ri­val Wolves

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tay­lar Amonini

Wick­ham Wolves proved the su­pe­rior ca­nine in last week’s game against Port Hed­land Rovers, al­most dou­bling the dogs’ score.

Trav­el­ling to Port Hed­land for round 3 of the North Pil­bara Foot­ball League, the Rovers were un­able to hold on, los­ing to the Wick­ham favourites 14.13 (97) to 9.6 (54).

The Wolves’ de­fence line held strong, keep­ing the Rovers back un­til the last sec­onds of the first quar­ter when No.30 Mark Cash­ion burst through for the team’s first goal.

In a tac­ti­cal mis­step by Wolves in an at­tempt to play on af­ter a Rovers point, a quick-on-his-toes Cash­ion im­me­di­ately took down Wolves’ full­back to score the goal, with Rovers sup­port­ers thun­der­ing their ap­plause.

Half-time saw the Rovers gain a sec­ond wind and take ad­van­tage of some holes in the Wolves’ mid­field, but they couldn’t catch up to their ri­vals’ star­tling lead.

Port Hed­land Rovers coach Nat Field­ing said while the boys were dis­ap­pointed with the game’s re­sult, the sec­ond half was the best game of footy the team had played to date.

“The in­ten­sity and pres­sure that the boys worked in the sec­ond half of the game and their hunger for the ball re­ally shone through,” he said.

“It was a good ef­fort from the boys and the blokes are all work­ing hard and try­ing to stick hard to the new drills we’ve been work­ing on. Hope­fully we can take that sec­ond half into our game this week.”

Lead­ing goal­kicker of the game was Wolves’ Claude Tay­lor, with five goals, mak­ing him the cur­rent lead goal­kicker of the NPFL, with 11 goals for the sea­son so far.

Fol­low­ing Tay­lor, the game’s lead­ing goal­kick­ers were Rovers’ Cash­ion with three, Wil­liam Cousins with two, and Wolves’ Braden Dhu and Stephen Grigg with two each.

The win now puts Wick­ham Wolves fourth on the lad­der, and de­spite the loss, the strong sec­ond half lifted the Rovers up to fifth.

This week’s game will be an­other home game for Rovers, with a visit from the Kar­ratha Fal­cons, while the South Hed­land Swans will trek to Wick­ham to play the Wolves.

Pic­tures: Tay­lar Amonini

Rovers’ Bradley Men­tiplay tries to get around Wolves’ Tyler Ri­d­ley.

Rovers’ Chris Sims goes in for the mark.

Wolves’ Ray­mond Tay­lor gets air­borne.

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