Dogged Kats shake off the Sharks

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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