Tigers’ fightback left late

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Peninsula Bombers' Simon Drill lays a tackle on Derby Tigers' Ty Sturt.
Camera IconPeninsula Bombers' Simon Drill lays a tackle on Derby Tigers' Ty Sturt. Credit: Pictures: Carly Laden, Carly Laden

A late comeback attempt was not enough for the Derby Tigers to topple the Peninsula Bombers at Haynes Oval last Saturday.

From the outset, it looked as though the Bombers had something to prove after their loss to the Looma Eagles in round four.

An early goal from Simon Drill began the five-goal blitz for the Bombers during the opening term, along with goals from Timothy Cox, Tyson Cox and Bart Djiagween.

Meanwhile, the Tigers struggled to keep up and convert, and were ultimately kept goalless at quarter-time.

Although the Tigers managed a goal during the second term, their kicking accuracy seemed to be a sore point after scoring a string of behinds.

In contrast, the Bombers continued extending their lead to hold a 39-point advantage at half-time.

After the main break, the Bombers continued their firing form while the Tigers continued struggling to convert with inaccurate kicks costing them dearly on the scoreboard.

It was not until the final term that the Tigers shifted into a new gear and fought hard to make a late comeback.

It was ultimately their best on-ground performance for the day, with six goals added to the tally.

While it looked as though the Tigers would come close to matching the Bombers, it was too little too late as the Bombers held on to pull off the upset victory, 13.6 (84) to 9.15 (69). The Peninsula Bombers will look to continue building momentum when they go up against the Broome Bulls at Father McMahon Oval this Saturday, while the Derby Tigers will try to redeem themselves when they square off against the Bidyadanga Emus.

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