Falcons swoop to claim first points against plucky Rovers

Tom ZaunmayrPilbara News
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The Karratha Falcons have put their first points on the board for the 2018 season with a 40-point win over the Port Hedland Rovers.

In the battle between two winless sides, home ground advantage made the Falcons favourites to get off the mark.

The home side slotted four goals to two in the opening term, and by half time had built the lead to 7.5 (47) to 3.6 (24).

Cam Nowotny (four goals) and Sheldon Nelly (three) were dangerous up front, with both getting away from their markers on several occasions on attacking plays.

A big third term saw the lead blow out to 56 points. Jacobus Viljoen (three goals) stepped up as the Falcons’ supporters started to celebrate the impending victory.

There was a minor fightback as the game wound down in the last quarter. The Rovers found some steam but it was too little, too late.

The Falcons held on for a comfortable 14.8 (92) to 7.10 (52) win.

They now sit four points outside of the top four, making their round 8 home clash against the Sharks pivotal.

The Falcons reserves side put another big score on the board, defeating the Rovers 18.14 (122) to 3.1 (19). Josh Blackman booted five goals and Chad McVea four as the clear favourites dominated.

The win leaves the Falcons equal top of the table on points, with only percentage knocking them off first spot.

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