NPFL semi­fi­nal ac­tion

North West Telegraph - - Front Page - Shannon Beat­tie

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.

Pic­tures: Shannon Beat­tie

A Wolves player takes a mark.

A Kats player gets caught hold­ing the ball.

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