Sharks grab third spot with big win
Dampier Sharks’ league side moved into third place on the North Pilbara Football League ladder after a big win over Karratha Falcons in their round 8 game on Friday.
Sharks put on a show for the home crowd at Windy Ridge Oval on their way to a percentage-boosting win of 61 points, though it was often a more even game on the field than the score suggested.
The home side set themselves up well with a strong first quarter, playing a fast and free-flowing game that allowed them to get away from the Falcons and kick ahead, 6.2 to 1.3.
However, the Falcons knuckled down and started applying some tight pressure in the second term, holding Dampier back and giving them the freedom to get some goals on the board themselves.
The teams went to half-time with only about three goals in it at 8-6 (54) to 5-3 (33) to the Sharks.
Dampier players got their focus back in the second half, however and, starting with a goal in the opening of the third term, they went on to dominate throughout.
Falcons hung in but failed to find enough answers as their opponents kicked away and only managed one goal in the last quarter to the Sharks’ 4.3.
The final score was a resounding 17.14 (116) to 8.7 (55) win to Dampier.
It moves the Sharks above South Hedland Swans on the league ladder on percentage, with both having four wins and four losses at this stage of the season.
The Falcons remain at the bottom of the table with no wins for the season so far.
Among the best of the Sharks’ long list of goal kickers were Guy Langdon, Arthur Ramirez, Jono Binsalleh and Layton Cooper, who all scored three each.
Sharks league coach Beau McDonald said their midfield and good focus had been key to their win.
“We probably got a little rattled for about 10 minutes there after an incident on the field but we came off at half-time, got our composure back and really re-focused on what we wanted to do,” he said.
“To score over 100 points two weeks in a row now is good for us, so it was a good night.”
The Falcons reserves had a far better game, recording a 14.7 (91) to 3.7 (25) thrashing of their opponents. Sharks failed to fire while Karratha’s momentum only increased over the course of the game. Falcons’ Edward McVea shot to equal-top of the reserves’ top goal kickers list after scoring four for his side, and Jeremy Regan kicked three.
Falcons' Michael Gobby outruns Sharks' defence.
Players compete for a mark.
Falcon's Sean Stephens loses the ball after a tackle.