Tigers take decider spot

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Derby's Claudia Berson and Looma's Jasmine Bedford vie for the ball in the ruck contest.
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The Derby Tigers have roared to the top, booking a date with the undefeated Cable Beach in the KAMS WKFL women’s grand final.

The Tigers defeated reigning premiers Looma Eagles in a low-scoring fight for the last grand final spot.

From the outset, it was clear both teams were hungry for the win, applying great defensive pressure with hard-hitting tackles and quick disposals.

Despite Looma looking to score early, it was the Tigers that got the early lead thanks to goals by Cindy Drover and Zyian Riley.

Looma looked to make an early comeback in the second quarter but seemed to crumble under pressure from the Tigers, leading to several behinds.

While Derby were kept scoreless before half-time, Looma’s Kirisha Killer managed to bridge the gap to just three points at the main break.

It was an even contest early in the third term, with both teams determined to dash each other’s grand final hopes.

Derby’s Drover scored another goal to extend their lead, only to have the margin chiselled down to just one point by Looma’s Sophira Buaneye.

The final quarter was set up for an incredibly even finish but Derby managed to rally and break away thanks to efforts by Drover and Claudia Berson.

Despite Looma’s best efforts, they were unable to make it two consecutive grand final appearances, with the Tigers ready to take on Cable Beach on Satur-day.

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