Grigg, Tay­lor cap­i­talise as sec­ond-quar­ter blitz sets up Wolves win

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

The bat­tle for the top few spots on the NPFL lad­der is heat­ing up af­ter two teams shap­ing up as among the strong­est in the league com­pe­ti­tion faced off on Satur­day night.

Wick­ham Wolves came away the win­ners from their first clash this sea­son against the South Hed­land Swans, tak­ing the game at Wick­ham Oval by 31 points.

The match started fairly even in the first quar­ter. Wick­ham had sig­nif­i­cantly more shots on goal with a 3.7 first-term score to away side’s 3.0 but their shaky con­ver­sion meant the mar­gin stayed mi­nor.

That changed in the sec­ond quar­ter, though, when the Wolves hit their straps and con­fi­dently broke away, boot­ing seven goals to the Swans’ three and tak­ing a 33point lead into half-time.

South Hed­land were held score­less in the third term as Wick­ham kept up a steady pace, and while they dug deep to dom­i­nate the score­board in the fi­nal term and kick five, it was not enough to over­come their mid-game slump.

It meant de­spite the Swans’ bet­ter ac­cu­racy, the fi­nal re­sult was an im­por­tant win for the Wolves, 14.15 (99) to Swans’ 11.2 (68).

The re­sult puts Wick­ham at sec­ond place on the league lad­der with 3-1 win-loss ra­tio and South Hed­land in third po­si­tion on 2-2.

Stephen Grigg kicked a huge six goals for Wick­ham, while lead­ing goal­kicker for the league Claude Tay­lor added three to his grow­ing tally, which now sits at 14.

Swans’ Mal­colm An­der­son was the lead­ing scorer for his side with four.

Ear­lier in the night, the Wolves re­serves also chalked up a win in their match against the Swans, beat­ing them by 66 points.

Wick­ham started off on the back foot and only man­aged three points to South Hed­land’s 3.1 by quar­ter­time.

But they came storm­ing back with a 5.5 on­slaught in the sec­ond term as their op­po­nents slowed right down.

They kept up the same mo­men­tum through­out the rest of the game to ex­tend that lead fur­ther.

By the fi­nal siren, the score stood at 14.18 (102) for the Swans to 5.6 (36) for the Wolves.

Beau Alec and Chris Milne kicked five and four goals re­spec­tively for Wick­ham, while Re­nan Ea­ton was his team’s best goal­kicker with three.

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