Wickham’s big win comes at high cost
It was a disappointing week for Rovers and Wolves as both received harsh blows in round 11 of the North Pilbara Football League.
While the Wickham Wolves came out on top, winning 9.18 (72) to 1.3 (9), it came at a cost, with the game ending with two minutes to go in the third quarter after a Wolves player went down with a suspected broken ankle.
Despite the early end, the game was an easy win for the Wolves as Rovers struggled in attack.
Favouring their right wing, Wickham Wolves scored goal after goal thanks to Tyler Ridley and Cameron Cross, while Port Hedland Rovers struggled until midway through the second half to get onto the scoreboard.
Port Hedland Rovers coach Nat Fielding said while he was disappointed in the team numbers with a few senior players being unavailable, he was impressed with club members for stepping up to play or help.
“There’s a couple of guys who stood up who aren’t regularly on the ground,” he said.
“Lyndon Buxton in particular, who kicked our sole goal, and some good hard workers from the reserves team,” he said.
“Obviously our short numbers reflected on the scoreboard but the help we did get from people in the club volunteering as water boys and such didn’t go unnoticed.”
Fielding was also encouraged to see the league put player welfare before the game, despite the early finish and subsequent loss.
The loss has dropped Rovers down to fifth place on the ladder, under the South Hedland Swans as Wickham Wolves take the ladder lead in first position.
This week, Rovers travel to Windy Ridge to take on the Dampier Sharks, while South Hedland Swans have a home game against Karratha Falcons.
A Wolves player lines up to kick.