Kats flick switch in the sec­ond half

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Perera

Kar­ratha Kats are still cling­ing onto sec­ond place on the league lad­der af­ter get­ting an im­por­tant win un­der their belts in round 11, beat­ing South Hed­land Swans 13.19 (97) to 8.5 (53).

The Kats turned a close first half against the Swans into a vic­tory on the back of a strong fin­ish.

Both sides had a lot to play for in the Satur­day night game at Millars Well Oval and it showed, with the match start­ing off with in­ten­sity and each team fir­ing in patches.

The Kats needed a win to avoid drop­ping to third af­ter two con­sec­u­tive losses while the Swans were keen to con­sol­i­date their place in the top four, be­ing sev­eral wins away from the top three sides.

The game started with a lows­cor­ing first quar­ter as high pres­sure from both sides kept the ball tied up and Kats missed most of their many shots in front of goal, putting them only five points up at the break.

That quickly changed in the sec­ond term, when the Swans hit their straps and scored goals in quick suc­ces­sion while the Kats clung on.

At half-time, there was only one point in it, with South Hed­land ahead 6.3 (39) to 5.8 (38).

Kar­ratha wrested the mo­men­tum back their way in the sec­ond half, how­ever, turn­ing the game around.

They kicked 5.6 in the third term to es­tab­lish a 21-point lead by its end. Kats were dom­i­nat­ing pos­ses­sion while South Hed­land were held score­less for the term.

Kats coach John Welling­ton said a half-time team re­struc­ture gave them faster ball move­ment, more space and higher pres­sure in line.

“I think in the sec­ond half, we started play­ing our style of footy and got back to how we wanted to play,” he said. “And if we can carry that into next round . . . Wick­ham are the team to beat, so I think we can give Wick­ham a run for their money.”

The Kats re­serves crushed Swans, 17.12 (114) to 1.1 (7).

Lead­ing the charge was Kats’ Shaun Der­schow with seven goals.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Perera

Kar­ratha Kats' Shane Mal­lard slips past a South Hed­land Swans op­po­nent.

Kats' Matthew Smith marks un­der pres­sure from Swans' Be­van Ugle Jr.

Swans' Be­van Ugle Jr knocks away a mark in­tended for Kats' Shane Mal­lard.

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