Wolves triumph in nail-biter

Alicia PereraNorth West Telegraph
Wolves’ Claude Taylor takes a run-up at goal against Kats’ Frazer Palmer.
Camera IconWolves’ Claude Taylor takes a run-up at goal against Kats’ Frazer Palmer. Credit: North West Telegraph

Wickham Wolves defeated the Karratha Kats by a mere four points in the final minutes of their Friday game that went down to the wire.

From half-time on it was a thriller of a match at Wickham Oval between the two League danger teams, with the fierce Wolves undefeated so far this season and Kats not to be underestimated due to their ability to pull together partway through their games.

The match began with extremely defensive play from both sides.

There were plenty of bruising tackles, keeping the ball tied up for long stretches of time and the umpires busy.

It took until 13 minutes in before the Kats broke through to score the first goal of the game.

But Wickham came into the second term with renewed focus and drew first blood, scoring two goals early on in quick succession while intercepting most of their opponent’s chances.

Kats managed one major when they really needed it, making the half-time score 3-5 (23) to 2-1 (13).

The game sped up in the second half as both sides settled and the Kats in particular lifted.

Both teams scored more in that term than during the entire first half.

It all built to a tense final quarter as the Kats’ improvement meant they could see a win within their grasp, despite trailing by 14 points.

They flooded forward to dominate in attack and kept possession, and it paid off with a few crucial goals that evened the score to 51-all.

However Wickham struck back with a goal from a free kick, and after that, the Kats were unable to convert when it counted.

The final score was 8-10 (58) to 7-12 (54) to the Wolves.

The top goal scorers list showed a team effort on both sides, with no player scoring more than two each.

Jarrod Cross and Claude Taylor each contributed two for the winning side while Ryan Powles and Ashton Till produced two apiece for the Kats.

Kats had more to be frustrated about in their Reserves match.

The Karratha side only managed one goal in the third quarter and were subjected to a 14-14 (98) to 1-3 (9) thrashing by the Wolves Reserves

Beau Alec scored five goals alone for the Wolves, while Wendell Saylor, Steven Saylor and Kyle Eaton also contributed two each.

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