Wolves sent packing
Picture: Ben Leahy

The Port Hedland Rovers bounced back from last round's defeat to chalk up another win against Wickham Wolves at the weekend.

The scores were close in the first term, with Rovers ahead by a small margin of two goals and four behinds, but the Port Hedland team kicked away in the second half, establishing a massive lead over the Wolves.

The visitors were confined to an embarrassing one-goal-per-quarter average, and the same rate for behinds.

Tempers flared early on with a fight, which led to two players from both teams getting served with red cards.

Rovers' Benjamin Gasior led the goalkickers, putting away six majors throughout the game, followed by Adam Waight with five.

Waight has returned to the top of the goalkicking ladder after being knocked off by Swans' Steele Viti last week.

Rovers coach Greg Mastrangelo said it was the team's strong defensive play that kept the Wolves in check and helped bring home the victory for Port Hedland.

"I think one of our strengths is the defence," he said.

"They don't always get the credit, because they're not up there kicking goals - most teams have a good back six, but we've got a good back seven or eight.

"But we dominated the ruck a bit, and were getting firsthand and first use out of the middle, which put their defence under pressure."

Mastrangelo said Russel Pyke and Billy Cousins both had stand-out performances in defence, while team captain Ben Meagher continued putting in solid performances each week.

"Our midfielders played pretty well too, including Michael Lakeman, who was everywhere," he said.

The Rovers finished up by putting away a convincing win against the Wickham team of 19.14 (128) to 4.4 (28) at the final siren.

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