Rovers run out of steam in big loss
After a week off for the WA Day long weekend, the Port Hedland Rovers failed to maintain a strong start in round 7 of the North Pilbara Football League with a 53-point loss to the Dampier Sharks.
Despite the strong start, Rovers seemed to run out of puff going into the second half of the home ground game as Sharks took control and took out the game 16.7 (103) to 7.8 (50).
With a strong front line and midfield, Sharks’ Jono Binsalleh and Guy Langdon took advantage, kicking seven of the team’s 16 goals, putting Langdon up to ninth in the league’s top goalkickers.
Rovers’ Joel Arnott and Aaron Thomas kicked three goals each for the home team, but it wasn’t enough to get them above the line.
Sharks league coach Beau McDonald said this round was the first the team had been a full side and it showed.
“I think overall it was a good game, our team defence and physicality was really good and we moved the ball out of the defence really well,” he said.
“This week we had our skipper, Layton Cooper, back and ruckman Chris Wailu was a clear best-on-ground player.
“Our back six were also terrific in defending the goals and pushing the ball forwards.”
After this round, while the Sharks and Rovers remain in their positions as fourth and fifth on the ladder, the Sharks have increased their points by four.
This week, the Sharks will take on the Falcons at home on Friday, while the Rovers will travel up to play the Wolves on Saturday.
Dampier Sharks’ Harrison Weeding kicks one of his three goals.
Rovers’ Owen Cross.