Dogged Kats shake off the Sharks
Karratha Kats lead the NPFL league competition after round 4, having outlasted a dogged effort from the Dampier Sharks on Friday night to get a 25-point win.
Sharks gave the current ladder leaders a run for their money in their match at Dampier’s Windy Ridge Oval, with some closely contested play at crucial points making for an exciting game.
The Kats stuck to the game structures that have served them well so far this season, allowing them to place the ball well, find space, and maintain a substantial margin for most of the game.
It helped them to a two-goal lead at quarter-time and a comfortable 6.7 (43) to 3.0 (18) score at the halftime break.
But the Dampier players, despite a lack of precision in kicking and difficulty getting free, put some strong defensive pressure on the Kats and were not afraid to put their bodies on the line.
Their highlights came early in the third and fourth quarters, when they came out firing after the breaks and pegged several goals back within minutes to get within a few goals of the Kats.
However, Kats regained control of the game at the key moments, hanging on and booting a few more goals for good measure to get clearly back in front.
They finished the game with a 12.9 (81) to 9.2 (56) win.
Sharks league coach Beau McDonald said he was pleased with his side’s effort and they had taken some good lessons from the game.
“I just think the accountability at times let us down . . . just those little lapses, such as when we got within 14 points in the last quarter but we ended up losing by four goals,” he said.
Kats also defeated the Sharks in the reserves, cruising to an 11.1 (67) to 7.6 (48) win mainly on the back of a strong first half.
Sharks and Kats players go up for a mark.
Sharks' James Rhodes looks for a teammate.
Kats' Harrison Featonby kicks for goal. Sharks' Arthur Ramirez has the mark.