Ram­pant Wolves an­ni­hi­late Swans

Pilbara News - - Sport - David Eck­hart

A des­per­ately un­der­manned South Hed­land side were no match for the league-lead­ing Wick­ham Wolves at Kevin Scott Oval in round 9 in the North Pil­bara Foot­ball League.

Led by cap­tain Tim Ren­ton, the Wolves were far too slick by both hand and foot run­ning out 71point win­ners to ce­ment their place on top of the lad­der. A six­goal-to-two open­ing term set the tone for the vis­i­tors, com­bined with res­o­lute de­fence, led by Brooke Ball. Keep­ing the Swans score­less in the fi­nal quar­ter al­lowed the Wick­ham team to steadily boost their sea­son per­cent­age as the game wore on.

Swans de­fend­ers, led by Cain Aubrey, saw plenty of the foot­ball as the Wolves mid­field­ers kept pump­ing the ball into their for­ward line.

It was like watch­ing the leg­endary King Canute try­ing to hold back the tide as the Swans de­fend­ers tried their best to hold off the ram­pant Claude Tay­lor (six goals) and the hel­meted Ty Ni­cholas (three goals).

Jack Cop­pin man­aged three goals for the Swans to the main break but was rarely sighted af­ter half-time. With the Dampier Sharks win over the Kar­ratha Kats at home on Fri­day night, Wick­ham now sit a game clear on top of the league lad­der go­ing into the bye week­end.

South Hed­land re­main in fourth spot on the lad­der and travel to Dampier af­ter the bye week. In the ear­lier game, the home team were far too good for the Wolves with a com­fort­able 35-point win, which tight­ens up the race for the fi­nals in re­serve grade.

Pic­tures: Sophia Con­stan­tine

A Wick­ham Wolves player looks up­field.

Wick­ham Wolves and South Hed­land Swans.

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