A ‘purrfect’ start
The opening round of the 2020 North Pilbara Football League got off to a roaring start with Karratha Kats mauling cross-town rivals the Falcons, by more than 60 points on Saturday night.
Kats got off to a hot start in the derby clash, played at Bulgarra Oval, taking a 14-point lead at the first break after kicking three goals to the Falcons’ one.
It was a more even second term but the Kats pushed out their lead to 21 points despite a late fightback from the Falcons, who kicked three goals in the quarter.
After the main break, the Kats were able to shut down Falcons forwards.
A dominant third quarter put the Kats firmly in control, with their lead blowing out to 42 points after they kept the Falcons goalless.
The Kats gave no quarter in the final term, continuing to hammer the Falcons defence and score at will, finishing with an impressive 69-point victory.
The final score could have been worse had the Kats been able to convert more of their opportunities, finishing 14.13 (97) to down the Falcons, 4.4 (28). Daniel Borgogno starred for the Kats, booting five goals, while Richard Hamlett and Michael Smith also scored two goals apiece. Meanwhile, the Falcons had four individual goal scorers: Kyle Hart, Chad Mcvea, Daniel Stubbs and Reece Christensen. Kats coach John Wellington said it was great to have footy back after a long break. “We’re actually privileged; there’s a lot of competitions across the State that aren’t getting any footy going,” he said.
“Falcons had new players, new coach and all that, so you didn’t know what they were going to serve up.”
Wellington said his side had some new players and younger players had been promoted this year. “To come out and have a good win in round one, you sort of know you’re going to be thereabouts again,” he said.
Kats made it two for two in the opening round, with the reserves fighting back after a goalless first quarter to overcome the Falcons, 10.1 (61) to 5.4 (34).
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