Women’s clubs ready to battle as the North Pilbara Football League season draws near

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The Karratha Kats won the 2021 NPFL women's grand final.
Camera IconThe Karratha Kats won the 2021 NPFL women's grand final. Credit: Cheyanne Enciso/North West Telegraph

The third instalment of the women’s North Pilbara Football League competition is closing in fast with the clubs putting on the final touches to their training.

Last year’s season saw the Karratha Kats crowned back-to-back premiers, the Hedland Blazers emerge as a genuine threat and cross-town rivalries were ignited in an action-packed competition.

The 2022 competition will kick off on April 22 when reigning premiers the Karratha Kats take on their cross-town rivals the Karratha Falcons, and the Wickham Wolves face off against the Dampier Sharks.

The Hedland Blazers, who finished their inaugural season last year in second after falling to the Kats in the grand final, will play their first game on April 30 in a grand final rematch.

The Kats will be looking to cement their dynasty this year and make it a premiership hat-trick.

The club went unbeaten last year as they finished the regular season on top with 12 wins and a massive percentage of 1253.62.

Meanwhile the Blazers will be out for blood after going down in the grand final and desperate to prove last years success was more than just a fluke when they stunned the Falcons to advance to the last dance.

The Karratha Falcons have been strong premiership contenders the last two seasons and look set to continue that in 2022.

The side made it to the grand final in the first season and went down fighting against a rampaging Hedland Blazers in the preliminary final last year.

The Dampier Sharks will be aiming to emulate last years mens sides who claimed the league and reserves premierships after showing a marked improvement last year.

The club recorded three wins in an up and down season but have recruited league premiership player Shane McIntosh as their coach for the upcoming season.

Wooden spooners the Wickham Wolves have struggled in the last two seasons but will be hoping the improvements they showed last year carry on after notching up their first win.

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