Rising Sharks destroy Kats by 46 points
A second loss for the season has caused the Karratha Kats to slip to second place on the North Pilbara Football League ladder, after a skilled display by rising challengers the Dampier Sharks was enough to subdue them in round 9 on Friday.
In what could be the start of a comeback for the Sharks this season, the Dampier side outclassed the Kats at Millars Well Oval on the back of a slick secondhalf effort to defeat the seasonlong ladder leaders by a 46-point margin.
The first half had close, clean play from both teams, who kept pace with a few goals apiece.
The Sharks upped their defensive pressure midway through the second quarter, but the Kats kept up the pace, and the scoreline remained close at 5.3 (33) to 4.4 (28) to the visitors at half-time.
However, the final half was all Dampier as they came back with intensified pressure on their opponents and found the time and space they needed to dominate the scoreboard.
Announcing their intent with three goals in the third term’s opening minutes, the Sharks were nothing if not efficient in their forward 50 and kicked 6.3 for that quarter.
Meanwhile, Kats’ inaccuracy in front of goal let them down, with the team recording more missed shots than majors for the game, and the Sharks did not hesitate to punish them each time
The Sharks claimed the game 15.9 (99) to 7.11 (53).
The result sends Karratha Kats to second place on the ladder for the first time this season, with one less win than the Wickham Wolves, and strengthens Dampier’s grip on third place.
The Sharks’ acting coach Ryan Hawke said strong defensive pressure and efficiency in the forward 50 had made for a good effort from his team.
“(Our strength was) our tackle pressure. We just pressured them out of the game,” he said.
“They’re a real high-possession team and they’re really good by foot, but our pressure was really good and I felt like that probably got us on top.”
Hawke said with a string of wins in the past few rounds, it was encouraging to see the team building at the midway point of the season.
The reserves game result was a completely different case, with the Kats thrashing Dampier in a bloodbath in which the away team only managed one point.
Karratha showed no mercy, blitzing the goals and racking up a percentage-boosting 27.14 (176) to 0.1 (1) win.
More than half the Kats’ 27 goals were kicked by Shaun Derschow, who slotted through 14 for the match and rocketed straight to the top of the reserves’ best goal kicker ladder.
Kats’ Clive Djiagween, Todd Heron and Ryan Powles also scored multiple majors.
It means the Kats hang onto their top position on the reserves ladder, while the Sharks languish at the bottom.
Both teams will get a chance to recharge during a bye next week before Sharks face the South Hedland Swans and the Kats play Port Hedland for the NAIDOC Week round 10.
Sharks' Jonty Gray takes a mark under pressure from Kats' Rory Miller.
Sharks' Reece Stewart catches out Kats' Daniel Farmer.