White-hot form cruel for Kats

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tay­lar Amonini

Port Hed­land Rovers up­set the more fan­cied Kar­ratha Kats in both the re­serve and league games.

Rovers league side took a sur­pris­ing win 10.13 (73) to 4.12 (36) against the league fron­trun­ners, com­ing off their re­serves’ ear­lier 68-point win.

Both sides started off well and it wasn’t un­til the third quar­ter when Rovers shone, break­ing the game open in the sec­ond half.

Brad Hors­man led the goal kick­ing for Rovers while Shaun Der­schow was the Kats’ best scorer.

Port Hed­land Rovers pres­i­dent Mal Olive said the two wins were great con­sid­er­ing where the Kar­ratha Kats stood on the lad­der.

“I think in the league game it was just our struc­tures worked well for us and the guys were just work­ing for each other which was great to see,” Mr Olive said.

“I think it was just their guys may have been short a few play­ers but I think it was our guys’ work ethic (that made a dif­fer­ence).

“It’s very hard to get the same team on the track each week.

“Due to the down­turn in town, there’s less peo­ple avail­able. We’re try­ing to get that cul­ture back.”

Qui­etly con­fi­dent with the Rovers’ ever-strength­en­ing game plans, Mr Olive said if the team con­tin­ued to put the work in he hoped they could play in the fi­nals this year.

“The coach is pretty con­fi­dent with the game plan now and when he gets the right play­ers on the track we can chal­lenge any­one any­where so we’ve just got to be able to do that on the day.”

De­spite the loss how­ever, the Kats re­main at the top of the lad­der while Rovers sit in third, nip­ping the heels of the Kar­ratha Fal­cons.

This week Port Hed­land Rovers have an­other home game, against Wick­ham Wolves.

The South Hed­land Swans will make the trek to Kar­ratha for a Kats home game at Millers Well.

Pic­tures: Tay­lar Amonini

Rovers’ Joel Arnott kicks on the run.

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