Kats flick switch in the second half
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.
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.