Sharks grab third spot with big win

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Fal­cons' Michael Gobby out­runs Sharks' de­fence.

Play­ers com­pete for a mark.

Fal­con's Sean Stephens loses the ball af­ter a tackle.

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