Rampant Wolves trounce Rovers in reserves preliminary

Alicia PereraPilbara News
Wolves’ Tyler Miller takes a mark against a Rovers opponent.
Camera IconWolves’ Tyler Miller takes a mark against a Rovers opponent. Credit: Pilbara News, Alicia Perera

The Wickham Wolves have booked their place in the reserves grand final this weekend after recording a comfortable, 44-point triumph over Port Hedland Rovers in the preliminary final on Saturday.

Wolves, who finished second on the ladder at the end of the regular season, put in a strong performance against Rovers at Wickham Oval, boosted by a stellar third-quarter effort that left the visitors with few answers in the last half of the game.

Both teams started solidly in the opening quarter but with Wolves kicking 2.3 and Rovers registering a solitary goal on the scoreboard, it was Wickham who had the majority of scoring chances from the outset.

Both teams scored two goals each but missed several opportunities in a scrappy second quarter. It meant that by half-time Wickham led by 10 points.

However, the third quarter was all the Wolves as the team ran rampant to kick 6.2 for the term, and held Rovers scoreless, to run away with the game.

Rovers kept working hard and tried to push forward in the final term but as they struggled to penetrate the fierce defence from the Wolves the writing appeared to be on the wall.

The visitors kicked their first goal of the second half late in the term, as well as another point, bringing the final score to 10.11 (71) to 4.3 (27) for Wickham.

Wolves league coach Glen Higgins said the reserves win meant for the first time in the club’s history Wickham would have both league and reserves teams represented in the grand final, “which is an awesome achievement for a town the size of Wickham”.

However, he said the Wolves would have to dig deep to beat Kats in the grand final.

“In the ressies, Kats have been unstoppable this year,” he said.

“In the semi Wickham took it right up to them and it will be a hard game again so they have to focus on putting their best foot forward and really challenging Kats.”

The Wolves will play Karratha Kats on Saturday, 4pm, at Millars Well Oval.

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