NPFL

Big wins af­ter mid-sea­son break

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Alicia Per­era

A re­ju­ve­nated Dampier Sharks con­tinue their mid-sea­son as­cen­dancy of the North Pil­bara Foot­ball League lad­der af­ter thrash­ing South Hed­land Swans in their NAIDOC Week round 10 game last Satur­day.

Play­ing in front of a home crowd at Windy Ridge Oval, the third­placed Sharks looked con­fi­dent and in con­trol for most of the game as they kicked away to win by a 79point mar­gin, 17.11 (113) to 5.4 (34).

The first quar­ter be­gan as a tight on-field con­test and looked like it could shape up to be an even game, but it was not long be­fore the Sharks started to break free and find their mo­men­tum.

They gained enough steam to kick six goals for the quar­ter as the Swans strug­gled to get their hands on the ball and only man­aged one point.

From there, it was much the same for the rest of the game, with the Sharks kick­ing an­other 4.6 in the sec­ond quar­ter to es­tab­lish a 55-point half-time lead and ex­tend the mar­gin in the sec­ond half.

Swans tight­ened their de­fen­sive pres­sure early in the last quar­ter and suc­ceeded in slow­ing down play, re­sult­ing in a low-scor­ing fi­nal term for both sides, but by then the dam­age had al­ready been done.

When the fi­nal siren sounded, Dampier were the win­ning side.

It was a very dif­fer­ent story in the re­serves match, in which the sides played a nail­biter that was de­cided by two points in the fi­nal min­utes.

A tight game through­out, there were only points in it at quar­ter and half-time, be­fore the Sharks broke away and kicked to a three­goal lead by the end of the third term.

How­ever, the Swans re­fused to say die and wrested the game back from them in a de­ter­mined and dom­i­nant fi­nal-quar­ter ef­fort, win­ning 8.6 (54) to 8.4 (52).

The game also marked the de­but of new Sharks guernseys fea­tur­ing an indige­nous art de­sign by Roe­bourne Art Group artist Loreen Sam­son, which was cus­tom-made for the NAIDOC Week round and worn by the club’s league and re­serves play­ers.

Dampier Sharks pres­i­dent Rus­sell Turner said the jumper de­sign, which de­picted a Ngar­luma story about sharks, birds and fish­ing, strength­ened the mes­sage of NAIDOC Week among the play­ers, fans and the wider com­mu­nity. “We’ve seen it in the AFL and other clubs have done it — the Swans did it last year when we played them up there, so we thought we’d have a go this year,” he said.

Wick­ham Wolves also wore cus­tom-de­signed guernseys for the NAIDOC round in their game against Kar­ratha Fal­cons, show­cas­ing an indige­nous de­sign by Cas­san­dra Halden.

Dampier Sharks' Guy Lang­don stays ahead of a South Hed­land Swans pack.

Play­ers com­pete for a mark in­side the Sharks' for­ward 50.

Pic­tures: Alicia Per­era

Swans' Jer­marl Daly runs down a stray ball.

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