Sharks ruf­fle Fal­cons’ feath­ers be­fore run­ning out of steam

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Perera

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).

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