First vic­tory a con­fi­dence builder

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tay­lar Amonini

Port Hed­land Rovers got their first win of the North Pil­bara Foot­ball League sea­son, while Kar­ratha Fal­cons failed to take flight at the Hed­land home ground dur­ing the fourth round.

Club pol­i­tics took a toll on the Fal­cons af­ter low num­bers forced the league team to fill holes with play­ers from its re­serves team, as well as the un­der-17 team.

De­spite a good ef­fort, the patch­work team’s lack of co­he­sive­ness and com­mu­ni­ca­tion led to its demise.

In a scrappy first half, James Foster-Reed was the sole score­board con­trib­u­tor for the Fal­cons as a few wobbly kicks led to easy goals be­ing missed by the Rovers.

The Fal­cons seemed to gain a bit of wind in the fi­nal quar­ter, but it was too late to gain any trac­tion be­fore the fi­nal siren went.

Bar­ley Hors­man dom­i­nated the goals for Rovers, how­ever, with his four game goals inch­ing him higher on the top 10 goal­kick­ers of the league list.

Rovers coach Nat Field­ing said the win had lifted the team’s con­fi­dence.

“It was a bit of a re­lief to get our first win on the board and now we’re just look­ing to move for­ward with that con­fi­dence . . . to the next three games against the top guys,” he said.

“They took the great sec­ond half from last week and put it into this week’s en­tire game and put into place what we’ve been train­ing all sea­son so far.”

The win puts four points on the lad­der for Rovers, while Fal­cons still sit score­less on the bot­tom.

Next week, Rovers travel down to Kar­ratha to take on one of the hard­est games of the sea­son so far, bat­tling reign­ing cham­pi­ons the Kar­ratha Kats.

The Fal­cons will again try to get a score on the board in their home game against Wick­ham Wolves, while South Hed­land Swans will host Dampier Sharks.

Pic­ture: Tay­lar Amonini

Rovers’ Bradley Hors­man takes a clear mark.

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