Pirates win spiteful clash

Josh McGee on his way to a six goal haul.
Josh McGee on his way to a six goal haul.

The Pirates kicked with the breeze in the first quarter and had all the play, with 18 scoring shots to one to chalk up a 12-goal lead.

Things looked grim for the Saints when, late in the first quarter, coach John Murray left the ground in pain with a knee injury (he returned to the game later).

The Saints, missing a number of their high-profile players, outscored the Pirates in the second quarter by two goals, but they lost their big man James Myles ” surely the biggest player in the league ” after he was yellow carded for back chatting an umpire.

The Pirates kicked with the wind in the third term and kept Dandy scoreless while piling on 12 goals, including a freakish major from speedster Kurt McKracken.

In the final term, Lancelin continued on their merry way but with four minutes to go, the umpires called off the contest after players from both teams got a little hot under the collar.

The final score was Lancelin 31.15 (201) to Dandaragan 8.4 (52).

Ryan Smith kicked seven goals for the Pirates and Josh McGee six, while Justin Clarke slotted four for the Saints.

The Pirates play the Saints again this Saturday at 11am in a sudden-death semi final. Normally, this would be played at the third-placed team’s home ground but this year it will be the curtain raiser to the West Perth v Perth WAFL game at Moora.

The other semi final will be played in Cervantes on August 17.