Following on from last week’s West Kimberley Football League preview, we spoke to the remaining teams, including reigning three-time premiers Cable Beach, on what their hopes are for the season ahead. Cable Beach Three-time premiership Cable Beach Greenbacks will no doubt continue their winning streak going into the 2023 WKFL season, with the club boasting one of the most impressive winning streaks currently in WA country football. But with hungry underdogs snapping at their heels the hat-trick premiership winners will have a challenge on their hands. Shaun Bin Swani stepped down from head coaching duties this year after carrying the team to premiership glory in 2022 but will be helping out in the interim alongside Ethan Corpus until more permanent leadership can be found. Cable Beach women’s team head coach Mick Albert, who has also been helping out the men’s side, said the game plan hasn’t changed going into the 2023 season. “We will just keep doing what we have been the last couple of years and that should carry us to the finals,” he said. Although proper full-time leadership is still missing, the Greenbacks have the skills to make up for it with its star-studded lineup. Former WAFL star Kiefer Yu was a consistent powerhouse for Cable Beach in the forward line last year, kicking the most goals out of any other player in the league. Yu racked up a massive 66 goals during the 2022 season, 22 goals ahead of the next-best goal kicker in the competition Broome Towns’ star forward Sean Gregory. And with Cable Beach claiming three of the top 10 goal kickers in the competition last year, more than any other club in the league, they remain the team to beat. Broome Towns Broome Towns veteran Andrew “Blackers” Blackley continues on as head coach this year and said the Towns would be pulling out all the stops as they aim to make the finals in 2023. Taking inspiration from the women’s side who claimed the premiership last year, Blackely said with some fresh recruits in the line-up there’s no reason the underdog team can make its mark on the competition this season. “We’re just trying to emulate what their women did last year when they won the premiership,” he said. “We’ve got a fair bit of inspiration from watching them win it so we’re hoping to do the same this year.” With strong numbers showing up at training and a concerted effort to improve the players fitness, Blackley says the Towns will be a force to be reckoned with in 2023. “The WKFL can expect a different Towns this season,” he said. “If we are able to bring the spirit and fight that we saw from the boys last year, we recruit well, train hard and work for each other the league will sit up and take notice of Towns.” Broome Bulls Coming off of an even win-loss ratio last year, the Bulls have picked up a new coach and a slew of fresh faces to join their line-up, all of which new head coach Sean Cooper said should help carry the Bulls into the top four this season. “The hard work we are undertaking now should hold us up well this season,” he said. “We have a few new faces at training that we are keen to slot into our starting side. “We are confident of improvements in results this year with a great start to the season with great numbers, culture and commitment at preseason training.” The Bulls have been working hard behind the scenes to improve their position this year after coming fifth in 2022, according to Copper who said the squad had been exceeding expectations during training. “Confidence is high, fitness levels exceeding expectations and with things going our way throughout the season we are hopeful of being right in the mix in the finals,” he said. “It’s clear we have a great culture at the Bulls which is why I’m happy to be a part of it this season. Bring on 23’” Bidyadanga Emus The Emus are still in-between coaches at this stage in the preseason but with COVID fading into the distance we expect to see the Emus perform and participate to a greater extent than last season. Finishing in seventh place on the ladder last season after suffering 10 losses and just three wins, the Emus will be looking to improve their ladder position, but may just settle for a stable coaching team and lineup. With fixtures also yet to be finalised it’s unknown whether matches will take place in Bidyadanga and other communities moving forward. Nonetheless, the Emus consistently punch above their weight and if they can wrangle a solid line-up together, the remote community team might be able to push some of the Broome teams below them on the ladder. Check next week’s paper for the WKFLW preview.