Derby Tigers, Cable Beach Greenbacks to face off in final round to decide top of West Kimberley footy ladder

Tom ZaunmayrBroome Advertiser
Derby and Cable Beach will clash to decide first place on the ladder this weekend.
Camera IconDerby and Cable Beach will clash to decide first place on the ladder this weekend. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr

The two dominant forces in the West Kimberley men’s football competition will face each other to decide which ends the season on top of the table after both comfortably defeated their opponents in the penultimate round last weekend.

Ladder-leaders Cable Beach beat The Saints 15.12 (102) to 9.4 (58) on Friday night, led by a trio of four-goal hauls from Rhonen Maher, Kiefer Yu and Edward McGinty.

While the scoreline didn’t make for pretty reading, Saints will take some solace from their improvement.

The 44-point margin was a vast improvement on the 97-point difference between the two sides last time they met.

At Haynes Oval on Saturday morning, Derby Tigers inflicted more pain on the struggling Towns outfit with a 17.10 (112) to 5.4 (34) thumping.

Jamahl Bedford kicked a remarkable eight goals for the Tigers, while Bobby Gallagher wasn’t far behind with six.

Like the Saints, the scoreline was an improvement for Towns, having been on the wrong end of a 158-point drubbing at the hands of Derby back in round five.

The results mean the Greenbacks and Tigers remain level on points, with Cable Beach occupying top spot due to a better percentage.

Derby made a statement back in round seven with an impressive home win over Beach, who until that point had run rampant over their opponents.

Only inaccuracy in front of goal — the Tigers kicked 14 behinds — saved the Greenbacks from being at the receiving end of a blowout in a game which finished 8.14 (62) to 8.3 (51).

The premiership favourites were down on firepower for that game, missing key forwards Yu and McGinty who both played last weekend.

Bouncedown between the two sides will happen at 10.30am next Saturday at Nipper Roe Oval.

Cable Beach and Towns women will each play their final games of the season the same day.

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