Dominant Kats pounce on Swans to move up the ladder
South Hedland Swans and Karratha Kats faced off in a second-and-third-on-the-ladder showdown in their round eight game at Millars Well Oval on Saturday, where a strong early performance helped the Kats land a 25-point win.
The teams had the same number of points on the ladder and were separated only by percentage as of round seven, making the match an important indicator of progress.
The Karratha side’s players started strong and scored seven goals in the first quarter, while Swans only kicked 1.1 for the term in reply.
While the Kats’ momentum slowed in the second term, the Swans were not able to catch up either, and by half-time they trailed by 36 points.
Kats continued building their lead in the third and looked confident of a win after rounding off with a 55 point lead, but they got a scare in the final quarter when the Swans started firing and recorded a 5.7 score for the term.
The comeback effort came close to getting them over the line but in the end it was too little too late, and it was Karratha that won the game 13.9 (87) to 8.14 (62).
The result takes the Kats up to second place on the NPFL league ladder, on a 6-2 win-loss ratio and one win clear of the Swans.
In the night’s reserves match it was also the Kats that prevailed.
In a similar pattern, the reserves ladder-leading Karratha team clearly led in the first half before Hedland came close to an upset later in the game.
The Kats managed to hold back the Swans’ momentum with a strong last quarter, but could have finished with a larger winning margin with better accuracy in front of goal.
The final score was 11.12 (78) to 8.5 (53) to Kats.
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