Emus fight off Tigers

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Despite facing a formidable opponent in Derby Tigers, the Bidyadanga Emus have kept their undefeated streak alive with a sixth successive win.

From the outset, both teams put the pressure on early in the seemingly even contest until Jayden Thomas broke through to score the first goal of the match, followed with a quick response from Derby’s Kaylumb Kitching.

A goal from Rhonen Maher and a couple of behinds seemed to be the advantage for the Tigers in the opening quarter.

Although a goal from Andre Kitty saw the Emus stay in close contention, the Tigers led at the first break by eight points.

The second quarter saw the rough contest continue as both teams looked desperate to obtain the lead.

Bidyadanga led for most of the quarter thanks to goals from Courtney Thomas and Selwyn Hunters but Derby would come back late with goals from Maher and James Kendall.

The second half was set up for an intense showdown when the Emus led by just one point at half-time.

Thomas continued to stand out in the forward line with two more goals added to his tally, although the Tigers would fight back with another goal from Kendall.

However, Bidyadanga held on during the tough contest to lead 7.8 (50) to 6.3 (39) at three-quarter-time.

The final term saw Derby attempt a late comeback with a goal from Lionel Marr but Bidyadanga’s Hunter would quickly shut them down with a second goal.

A late collarbone injury to Ishmael Hunter did not seem to phase the Emus as they continued to fight for their win, with Angelo Thomas seemingly sealing the win with a goal.

Despite a late Derby goal from Kitching, the feisty contest ended with the Emus coming out on top 9.12 (66) to 8.4 (52).

Elsewhere, the match-up between Broome Bulls and Peninsula Bombers was postponed due to special circumstances.

Bidyadanga’s undefeated streak will be at stake when they go up against fellow undefeated team Cable Beach Greenbacks at Father McMahon on Saturday, while the Tigers will take on the Saints at Derby Oval.

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