Rovers run out of steam in big loss

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tay­lar Amonini

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.

Pic­tures: Tay­lar Amonini

Dampier Sharks’ Har­ri­son Weed­ing kicks one of his three goals.

Rovers’ Owen Cross.

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