Fleet-footed Wolves conquer Kats in round 4

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
Karratha Kats’ Corey Byrne is tackled by a Wolves player.
Camera IconKarratha Kats’ Corey Byrne is tackled by a Wolves player. Credit: Pilbara News, Shannon Beattie

The Wickham Wolves claimed sweet revenge at Millars Well Oval on Friday night, taking down the Karratha Kats by 33 points in the much-awaited grand final rematch.

It was the first time the Kats’ defence had been properly tested this season and some of their efforts were left wanting, but ultimately it was the Wolves’ speed and control with the ball that led them to victory.

The match was even in the first term, with the Kats scoring 2.1 to the Wolves 3.1, for a one-goal lead to the visitors at quarter time.

Wickham put the foot on the accelerator in the second term and did not let up for the rest of the match, often out-running and out-marking their opponents.

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They scored 5.5 in the second quarter, compared with just 1.2 from the Kats, giving the Wolves a 33-point lead at the main break that could not be clawed back.

Another single-goal quarter from the Kats in the third term didn’t help their cause, while the Wolves added another two to lead by 38 at the final change.

Karratha attempted to fight back in the last quarter with an epic mark from Daniel Farmer inspiring a couple of quick goals.

But 4.3 from the home side was not enough and ultimately Wickham won by the same margin they had at half time.

The final score was Kats 8.8 (56) to Wolves 13.11 (89).

Kohan Flann was up there with the best for the Wolves, kicking five goals in his first league game.

Coach Glen Higgins said they had a totally different side from last year and it took the players a while to gel as a team gel which was evident on Friday night.

“We’ve had a couple of really close games against the Sharks and Falcons, which we learned from,” he said.

“We executed the game plan that we thought we could beat the Kats with and it worked.”

It was a different story in the reserves competition, with the Karratha Kats side once again proving unstoppable this season.

The Kats kicked six goals to nothing in the first term.

They then added another six throughout the rest of the match.

Kats newcomer Todd Moir was the game’s top scorer, kicking a quarter of his team’s goals.

The final score was Karratha Kats 12.7 (79) to Wickham Wolves 3.5 (23).

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