Wickham Junior Football Club hosted the WPJFA grand finals last Friday on a beautiful Pilbara night, which saw the Wickham Year 8/9s and the Roebourne 17’s both win back-to-back flags.
The night kicked off with the Year 8/9 competition grand final between the Karratha Kats and the Wickham Wolves, which turned out to be a highly skilled and fast affair.
Both teams controlled the game at different times, but the scoreboard pressure of the sleek Wolves outfit was too strong over the course of the night.
The Wolves team started by exploding out of the blocks in the first quarter, scoring 5.3 (33) against the Kats who surged late to manage 2.1 (13) for the term.
Jack Cheedy led the way, kicking two goals for the Wolves, while Cody Moore and Joel Broad hit the scoreboard for the Kats.
The Wolves’ Marcus Munda was outstanding, fresh off winning the Association Fairest and Best award the Wednesday before.
The game tightened in the second quarter with the Wolves extending their lead in a tight fought contest.
However, the Wolves’ once again managed to break open the match in the third term with their player Wielgomasz getting the team going before Cheedy (two goals) and Kendal Taylor made it very hard for the Kats.
Myall-Brown’s goal was their lone major for the Kats against the Wolves’ tide.
However, the Kats regrouped to make a brave stand in the last quarter to hold the rampaging Wolves to two goals while outscoring them with three majors of their own.
This saw the final score read Wickham Wolves 13.9 (87), defeating the Karratha Kats 7.10 (52).
For the Wolves, best players included Grand Final Most Valuable Player Daniel Cross, Owie Boona, Daniel Farmer, Jack Cheedy (four goals) Ayden Saylor and Marcus Munda.
The Kats’ best included Harry Attard, Alex Fitzmaurice, Chase Rye, Ezra Alvarez and their only multiple goal scorer Brodie Newman (two goals).