Ris­ing Sharks de­stroy Kats by 46 points

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Sharks' Jonty Gray takes a mark un­der pressure from Kats' Rory Miller.

Sharks' Reece Stewart catches out Kats' Daniel Farmer.

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