Fal­cons’ at­tempt to claw back from 18-point hole falls short against Swans

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha Fal­cons suf­fered an­other painfully close de­feat at the week­end when they nar­rowly missed out on what could have been their first vic­tory of the sea­son in a three-point loss to South Hed­land Swans. In a Satur­day night game at Bul­garra Oval, the third-placed Swans started out look­ing like the stronger team, get­ting a few goals up on Kar­ratha in the first quar­ter and go­ing to the half-time break a com­fort­able 18 points ahead.

But Fal­cons, who have proved in the past few games they are not a team to be un­der­es­ti­mated, re­turned for the sec­ond half ready for a come­back. They put in a stel­lar third quar­ter on the score­board, kick­ing 5.3 in the space of one term to Swans’ 1.3, to come up and be only a goal be­hind the Swans at three-quar­ter-time.

How­ever, South Hed­land lifted to match them in the fi­nal term.

The away side booted five ma­jors of their own, and thanks to their strong set-up in the first half, even four more goals for the Fal­cons were not quite enough to get the Kar­ratha side over the line in the end.

The fi­nal score was 14.10 (94) to 14.7 (91) to the Swans.

South Hed­land’s Tracin Geary scored six ma­jors for his team and Ter­ence Lock­yer had four, while Ash­ley Cooper was the Fal­cons’ best scorer with three.

In the re­serves match, how­ever, the Fal­cons had bet­ter luck and blitzed their op­po­nents in a 9.18 (72) to 3.0 (18) win.

Af­ter a fairly even first quar­ter, they went on to kick away and hold South Hed­land score­less for the last half of the game.

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