Sharks ruffle Falcons’ feathers before running out of steam
Karratha Falcons’ league side went down to the still-rising Dampier Sharks in round 11 but not without giving them a scare and reminding the rest of the competition they should not be underestimated. Playing at Bulgarra Oval on Friday, it was the Falcons who led at each break in the first half, ahead by eight points at the main break.
The Sharks had more shots in front of goal than their opponents but were hurt by inaccurate kicking, leaving them on the back foot come half-time. Dampier came back with renewed focus after the break and dug in to score 3.5 to Falcons’ 1.1 in the third term — enough to create a small but significant lead entering the final stretch.
Despite ongoing issues with accuracy, they sustained the same momentum in the last term and in the end it proved to be just enough to edge out the Falcons.
The game finished with a Sharks win, 8.20 (68) to 6.6 (42).
The result puts Sharks in a position to move into second place on the ladder should Karratha Kats slip up next week, and leaves Fal- cons on the bottom with only one win for now.
Falcons’ reserves recorded a big win, led by David Ward and David Ridell-Robertson who kicked 13 goals between them, setting themselves up well to defend their premiership. The final score was 16.8 (104) to 5.8 (38).