Wick­ham’s big win comes at high cost

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tay­lar Amonini

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.

Pic­ture: Sophia Con­stan­tine

A Wolves player lines up to kick.

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