Kats finally get the cream

August 07, 2017

Seven of the best: Corey Hickford led Katandra to its first victory of the season by booting seven majors against Katamatite.

Katandra’s winless drought has finally come to an end.

The Kats previously tasted victory in round 16 last season, but dug deep against Katamatite on Saturday to once again sing the song at Katandra Recreation Reserve.

Rising star Corey Hickford booted seven goals for the home side in an emphatic performance and playing coach Ramadan Yze said there would be plenty more to come from his young gun.

‘‘He was outstanding, I think he can really dominate the league,’’ he said.

‘‘He has good hands, is a great kick and the sky is the limit for him.’’

Yze was among the best himself, with Pat Frappell, Nathan White, Shane Bensch and Aaron Muntz all standing up to help their side secure a win.

The Kats had control of the contest for most of the day, with Yze praising the efforts of his entire list.

‘‘I’m really happy, the boys stuck to task much longer than usual and it really was reward for hard work,’’ he said.

‘‘Even though we’ve had a tough year, most of the young kids have still been high-spirited, and we’ll take a lot of confidence out of the win knowing that it does work if you play four quarters of football.

‘‘Hopefully we can try and end the season on a good note.’’

The clash was a fiery one, with red cards shown to Nick Clurey (Katamatite) and Nathan Bovalino (Katandra) after an incident during the second half, and Yze said it was disappointing.

‘‘You don’t want to see that in country footy, so hopefully we can stamp that out of the game,’’ he said.

Tiger co-coach Tyler Sprunt seconded Yze’s thoughts.

‘‘It is disappointing, you don’t like to see that happen in footy,’’ he said.

A trio of Katamatite players, (Adem Barolli, Tory Morris and co-coach Matt Dwyer) finished the game on the bench through concussion, but Sprunt did not use that as an excuse for his side’s loss.

‘‘Three blokes went off with concussion, but they’re all okay, so that’s the main thing,’’ he said.

‘‘The margin doesn’t tell the real story of the game, I thought Katandra really dominated.

‘‘Full credit to them, they just wanted to win the game more than we did.’’

Jayson Bigg, Pat Riordan, Jedd Wright and Sam Fowles were Katamatite’s best players, while Tyson Saunders booted four goals.

‘‘It’s good to have him down there as a focal point,’’ Sprunt said.

‘‘Unfortunately we just couldn’t get it down there enough to get the job done.’’

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