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