Emus wear down tenacious Tigers

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Bidyadanga Emu's Angelo Thomas was in firing form.
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Can anyone stop the Bidyadanga Emus? That is the question on everyone’s mind after they recorded their 13th consecutive win for the 2019 WKFL season.

The Emus took on the Derby Tigers at Father McMahon Oval last Saturday while the Tigers looked for their second win in a row.

After several behinds Derby’s James Kendall broke through for the first major.

Courtney Thomas replied for Bidyadanga to keep the Emus in contention but Derby’s Gilbert Cox then scored two goals to extend the lead.

A late goal from Bidyadanga’s Isiah Stevens meant the Emus trailed the Tigers by just three points at the first change.

The high-impact contest continued in the second term.

However, the Emus took the lead halfway through the quarter with two goals.

Although Tiger Aaron Sinclair would add to the Derby tally with a goal of his own, the Emus held the lead 4.9 (33) to 4.2 (26) at half-time.

After the main break, the Emus began to dominate all over the ground with quick goals and strong defensive pressure.

As the Tigers strived to keep up, they only tallied three goals while the Emus added five goals to their total to lead by 21 points at the final change.

In the final term the Tigers ran out of steam as they struggled to match the pacy Emus’ quickness on the field.

It seemed the Emus were running a victory lap ahead of the final siren as they kept the Tigers goalless for the term and booted five goals more to seal the win 14.13 (97) to 7.3 (45).

Angelo Thomas, Jesse Bloomer, Terry Barry, Kamahl Bamba and Courtney Thomas were among the Emus’ best, while Jeffrey Maher, Ryan Prendergast, Buddy Malay, Lachlan Chapman and Aaron Sinclair played well for the Tigers.

The Emus will look to make their home and away season a perfect run when they take on the Cable Beach Greenbacks on home turf on Saturday while the Tigers will look to end their season on a high against Saints at Father McMahon Oval on Friday.

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