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