Katanning move into fourth spot with win over Narrogin

Andrew PritchardGreat Southern Herald

With a five goal to one first quarter, Katanning Wanderers set up a 36-point win over a Narrogin team barely recognisable from its 2015 premiership side.

Both sides started slowly in the perfect winter conditions at Quartermaine Oval.

Katanning kicked their first goal under unusual circumstances when defender Dustin Allen was awarded two 50m penalties to put him in the goal square.

Despite a winning ruck led by captain Perrin Quartermaine, Narrogin were not able to capitalise as the strong Wanderers defence, led by Ryan Pontillo, Matt Bowen and Allen, gave Katanning’s forwards plenty of opportunities to score.

Sam Rundle continued his good early-season form with two of the five goals first-quarter goals.

The second quarter became a shoot-out with 11 goals scored between the two teams.

Rundle provided a leading target and kicked his third, leaving the Wanderers leading by five goals, 11.5 (71) to 6.5 (41).

Narrogin had much of the ball during the third quarter but missed four kickable goals from 20 metres out, while Wanderers made the most of their opportunities to put the game beyond doubt, booting four more goals.

A 55m kick off two steps by Katanning’s captain Tim Fitzgerald provided a spectacle for the crowd.

To Narrogin’s credit, they finished strongly, although again foiled by inaccuracy.

Ryan Fleay, Matthew Abraham and Brent Fotheringhame were getting plenty of the ball and kicked four goals to breathe life into the game.

Katanning steadied, however, and with a precise kick on a tight angle, rover Corey Eades sealed the game, 17.11 (113) to 10.17 (77).

By securing their second win of the season, Katanning moved into fourth spot on the premiership table and set up an intriguing battle against undefeated Williams this weekend.

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