The Dampier Sharks were hungry for a win on Friday night and their pure determination to win the ball was enough to cause an upset over the Karratha Kats.
The Kats already had second spot on the ladder locked up, while the Sharks were fighting to have a chance at finishing third and securing a home final and with everything on the line, they had nothing to lose.
The Sharks went out chomping from the first bounce but inaccuracy in front of goal stopped them from taking a dominant lead.
They kicked 2.6 in the first term, compared to 2.1 from the Kats to lead by five points at quarter time.
That changed in the second quarter with Dampier kicking four goals. The Kats midfield crumbled under the Sharks’ pressure — they couldn’t get the ball in to their forward 50 and trailed by 25 points at the main change.
The third term played out much the same, with the Kats defence doing the best they could to stop the Sharks’ drive. The Kats tried to fight back in the last quarter, with a quick goal at the beginning of the term edging them closer but the Sharks weren’t finished yet.
Both teams managed three goals for the term and the Sharks celebrated a 24-point victory.
The final score was Dampier 12.13 (85) to Karratha 9.7 (61).
Former Fremantle Docker Brett Peake was dominant in the Sharks forward line and kicked three goals, while De Grey medal contender Lewis Upton was unstoppable in the midfield.
It was a different story in the reserves with the Kats proving their dominance and showing the Sharks why they’re sitting two games clear on the top of the ladder.
The damage was done in the first quarter with Karratha kicking five goals and Dampier just a single point.
It would take until the third term until the home side was able to put a major on the scoreboard, managing just three goals in total for the match.
The final score was Karratha 16.15 (111) to Dampier 3.4 (22).