Falcons dig deep to stun Rovers in come-from-behind win
After eight rounds of heartache the Karratha Falcons’ hard work finally paid off with their first win of the season in round 9, in a come-from-behind effort against Port Hedland Rovers in which they stormed home by just two points.
The Saturday game at the Falcons’ Bulgarra Oval home ground was a match-up between the two sides at the bottom of the league table and started off evenly in the first quarter.
Rovers got the jump in the second quarter, however, scoring 5.7 for the term, while the Falcons went quiet and only managed one point.
But in a valiant third-quarter effort by Karratha, they focused and dug deep to change the momentum of the game.
In a surprise turnaround, they scored six goals, and in getting up to 7.4 (46) to Port Hedland’s 8.8 (56) by the break, manoeuvred to be within striking distance going into the last term.
The Falcons had fallen short from similarly close margins several times this season, but this time they converted when it counted.
They booted another 4.1 to get over the line by a whisker-thin two points with a final score of 11.5 (71) to Rovers’ 10.9 (69).
Despite the win, the Falcons remain on the bottom of the league ladder for the time being, just below Port Hedland ,who have two wins and seven losses.
The Rovers reserves had a far worse day than their league counterparts, however, going down 17.21 (123) to 2.1 (13). The Falcons kicked away early on, gaining momentum as they went, and after scoring one goal in each of the first two quarters, the Rovers were held goalless throughout the last half.
Justin Fromm scored four and Shaun Sullivan and Dean Lombardo three each for Karratha, while Jayden Olive was the Rovers’ sole goal kicker.