Tur­tles too strong for Mud­crabs

Pilbara News - - Pilbara | Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

Hed­land’s Masters foot­ball team came out on top in a clash against their cross-re­gion ri­vals from Kar­ratha.

The Port Hed­land Flat­back Tur­tles sub­jected the Kar­ratha Mud­crabs to a thrash­ing at Port Hed­land’s Colin Mathe­son Oval at the first an­nual fix­ture be­tween the over-35s foot­ball sides on May 27.

Show­ing the di­ver­sity of the squads, among their player num­bers were lo­cal footy le­gends, exWAFL players, late adopters and masters reg­u­lars.

The home side as­serted them­selves on the game early, with the vis­it­ing Mud­crabs un­able to con­vert their chances against the breeze de­spite get­ting good feed out of the cen­tre from Rod White and a feisty Dave Hinch­cliffe.

The Mud­crabs hit the score­board in the sec­ond quar­ter but the class of Tur­tles such as ex-Swan dis­tricts players Joel Cor­nelius and Shane Beros kept the vis­i­tors at bay and their full-for­ward was slot­ting in goals from ev­ery­where.

Mud­crabs worked hard through­out the sec­ond half, with best-on­ground Greg Stott rack­ing up a plethora of marks through the mid­dle and Bren­dan Walsh de­liv­er­ing some well-needed grunt to set up goals through McDon­ald, Hinch­cliffe and oth­ers.

How­ever, the Tur­tles’ for­wards made the most of many chances and ran out close win­ners.

They racked up 12 goals to the Mud­crabs’ two, tak­ing the game by a large mar­gin.

The Hed­land and Kar­ratha Masters sides meet for games sev­eral times through­out the year.

Mud­crabs will have a chance to avenge the loss when they play the Tur­tles in a re-match on Au­gust 5 in their tra­di­tional Fe­Na­ClNG block­buster match.

The Kar­ratha club are also ar­rang­ing a North West 9s AFL Masters Car­ni­val to be held on July 14-15.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter, email kar­rathamud crabs@out­look.com.

Pic­tures: Kar­ratha Mud­crabs

The Mud­crabs came un­der in­tense pres­sure from the Tur­tles in their match last month.

Mud­crabs pres­i­dent Alan Shep­erd­son kicks on goal.

Mud­crabs stal­wart Jerome Tun­stead gets a kick away.

Tur­tles and Mud­crabs players go up for a mark.

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