The Karratha Kats played for their teammate Tye Smith on the weekend after a tough week since his tragic death in a boat crash near Dampier. The 27-year-old Kats player died in a freak boat crash last week which resulted in a three-day search for his body along the Dampier coastline. Mr Smith played in the Karratha Kats Reserves team this year and Kats League head coach Shane White said it was challenging week for the entire team. “We were really trying just to pull through a really emotional weak,” he said. “Tye had been with us all year and it affected the ressie guys really hard because they obviously played with him. “For the ressies to go out and have a win against the top team was really emotional.” All three Kats sides travelled to South Hedland to play the Swans and despite the emotional week, all three teams managed to win their games. The reserves won 10.9 (69) to 7.5 (47), the women won 5.10 (40) to 3.1 (19), and the League side won 17.10 (112) to 8.9 (57). White said the club’s leaders had put in a lot of effort to check in with all the players and everyone involved in the Kats’ organisation during the week. “We were just trying to get everyone together and had a lot of chats during the week,” he said. “It’s just trying to recognise emotions and understand that’s a hard situation for everyone to be in. “It was about dedicating the week to Tye. “He joined our footy club and we loved the guy.” Kats players wore black armbands during the match to pay tribute to Mr Smith. Police believe Mr Smith and another man in his 20s were on a boat which hit a mooring and sank at the southern end of West Lewis Island. The other man swam for an hour before making it to shore where he alerted campers about the crash. Mr Smith’s old club, the Exmouth Eagles, organised a fundraiser for the search on Tuesday before the tragic discovery.