Kats pull away in third quarter to demolish Rovers by 84 points
Ladder leaders Karratha Kats showed Port Hedland Rovers no mercy in their round 5 league match last Saturday, subjecting the visiting side to an 84-point pummelling.
The match at the Kats’ Millars Well ground saw the home team streak ahead with a scoring rampage in the second half and highlighted the Rovers’ continuing struggle this season to get wins on the road. The game began on an even footing, with the Kats only two points ahead at the quartertime break, 2.2 (14) to 2.0 (12).
They outscored Port Hedland in the second quarter, but at 16 points down at half-time, the Rovers were still very much in the game.
However, the third term was the clincher when the Kats came out firing and pulled no punches on a mission to boost their season percentage as much as possible.
Kicking a whopping 7.5 to Rovers’ one point, they completely dominated the quarter on the scoreboard and did enough damage to ensure their opponents had little chance of coming back.
The game was sealed after Karratha added another four unanswered majors to their tally in the final term, leading to a final score of 16.11 (107) to 3.5 (23). Daniel Farmer was Kats’ top goalkicker with five on the board, a figure that takes his season total so far to 15 and closing in on Wickham Wolves’ Claude Taylor, the league’s current top goal scorer with 18 majors. Braedan Allison also scored four for the Kats and Rory Miller kicked three.
The reserves game was a top-two match-up, but it was one that the Kats also came out on top of, defeating their opponents 13.15 (93) to 2.0 (12). Karratha dominated and kicked consistently over the course of the game while Port Hedland only managed one goal in each of the second and fourth quarters.
Shaun Derschow, Brent McDonald and Steven Gordon were the Kats’ highest goal kickers.
Port Hedland still retain their second spot on the reserves ladder, however, while the Kats are out in front and undefeated.