NPFL semifinal action
The Karratha Kats are heading straight to the grand final after their surprise defeat of the Wickham Wolves on Saturday night at Wickham Oval.
The top two teams took to the field with No.1 side the Wolves entering the match as the favourites.
However, the Kats came out clawing and kicked four unanswered goals in the first term, while the Wolves failed to fire and managed just three points.
It was only the third time all season that the Wolves had been unable to kick a single goal in a quarter. It was 15 minutes into the second quarter when Wickham kicked their first goal, with the second closely following.
A third on the siren from the home side meant the difference at half-time was the same as at the first break — 27 points.
The competition was fierce in the second half, with both teams amping up the pressure leading to a low-scoring third term.
The Kats managed 1.5 while the Wolves added another three points.
The game took a turn in the fourth quarter, with the Kats getting tired and the Wolves doing everything they could to get back into the game. Wickham were able to score more in the final term than they had all game, adding 5.2 to their tally, while Karratha were uneasy in front of goal and kicked 3.5.
Despite a gallant last-quarter effort from the Wolves, the damage had already been done and the Kats walked away victors by 26 points.
The final score was Wickham 8.10 (58) to Karratha 11.18 (84).
The Wolves will face the South Hedland Swans on Saturday night at Wickham Oval, with the winner taking the second spot in the September 8 grand final.
Meanwhile, the Kats get a week off to rest ahead of the grand final at Millars Well, which will be their first home-ground final in 15 years.
Kendall Taylor from the Wolves gets up high for a spectacular mark.
A Wolves player takes a mark.
A Kats player gets caught holding the ball.