Lady Eagles tame Tigers to reach grand final

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Looma's Kate Ditchburn and Derby's Melissa Brinker take each other on in the ruck contest.
Camera IconLooma's Kate Ditchburn and Derby's Melissa Brinker take each other on in the ruck contest. Credit: Pictures: Carly Laden, Carly Laden

The stage has been set for what could be a thrilling conclusion to the 2019 WKFL women’s season after the Looma Lady Eagles flew high over the Derby Tigers.

The two teams went toe to toe in a do-or-die preliminary final match-up to determine who would be going to the big dance against Cable Beach Greenbacks.

Although both teams were quick in their attempts to shut each other down early, Looma were quick to break onto the scoreboard with a behind.

However, Looma’s narrow lead was short-lived when Tiger Keryn Ross broke through their defences to boot the first major of the match.

Things got even better for the Tigers as they began to read Looma’s disposals and bring on the turnovers, leaving the Lady Eagles struggling to convert,

A goal from the consistent Melissa Brinker for the Tigers kept the Lady Eagles goalless at the first change.

The second term saw a rejuvenated Looma outfit take the field and fire out the gate with quick disposals and powerful tackles.

As Derby put the pressure on, the Lady Eagles kept their cool to score behinds and goals via Kate Ditchburn and Candice Skinner to take the lead.

A late goal from Looma’s Lyla Pindan and a third behind helped the Lady Eagles keep the Tigers scoreless for the term and gave them a 16-point half-time lead.

After the main break, the contest became a tug of war between the two teams as Looma looked to extend their lead and the Tigers strived for a comeback.

Although the hungry Tigers managed a goal from Zyian Riley, Looma held on to lead by 10 points at the final change.

In the closing term the back and forth contest continued as both teams could see the grand final berth in the distance.

While goal-kicking accuracy seemed to become an issue for both teams in the midst of several behinds, a goal from Looma’s Adelisha Bangu sealed the win in her team’s favour.

The Lady Eagles had once again spread their wings and soared over the Tigers 4.8 (32) to3.2 (20) to earn their spot in the WKFL women’s grand final against Cable Beach Greenbacks.

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