Panthers plod to loss at hands of Wanderers

Andrew PritchardNarrogin Observer
Leroy Jetta with the ball.
Camera IconLeroy Jetta with the ball. Credit: Catherine Hughes.

With their best win for the season, Katanning Wanderers consigned Brookton-Pingelly to their third loss in a row.

With four rounds to play before the finals, Wickepin and Boddington look settled in the top four but Brookton-Pingelly are vulnerable, with Narrogin, Wagin and Williams fighting for final two spots.

In a low-scoring game, Katanning set up the 18-point win with a five-goal third quarter after keeping Brookton-Pingelly to one goal in the first half.

Katanning’s ability to keep the Panthers’ star forward Leroy Jetta to three goals, all in the second half, went a long way to winning the game.

Brookton-Pingelly kicked the first goal of the game through James Spark, who looked a threat early in attack, but Katanning kicked the next three, with a Josh Newman snap among the highlights.

Katanning consolidated its lead in the second quarter, with further goals to Billy Collier and Sam Patterson, leading 5.3 (33) to 1.6 (12) at the main break.

Katanning piled on four goals in the first four minutes of the third quarter, with Braden Crosby kicking three.

The Panthers were plagued by inaccuracy, adding 2.5 for the quarter to trail 10.6 (66) to 3.11 (29) at three-quarter-time.

A late rally was not enough for the Panthers, with the Wanderers winning 10.7 (67) to 6.13 (49).

James Laurino continued his great season for Katanning, while Collier, Josh Bootsma, Braden Crosby and Reece Nicholson were also among their best.

For Brookton-Pingelly, Dylan and Luke Kirk were effective around the ground, and Callan Eddy worked hard.

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