Beach dedicate flag to Claudius

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Cable Beach Greenbacks co-captain Sonny Dann, coach Shaun Bin Swani and co-captain Ben De Meo with the 2019 WKFL premiership trophy.
Camera IconCable Beach Greenbacks co-captain Sonny Dann, coach Shaun Bin Swani and co-captain Ben De Meo with the 2019 WKFL premiership trophy. Credit: Jakeb Waddell.

Cable Beach Greenbacks etched their names into the history books by claiming the 2019 WKFL premiership with an emotional victory on Saturday.

The side held off the brave Broome Bulls by 29 points to capture this year’s flag, topping off a dominant season that saw them drop only two games.

Players and club members paid tribute and dedicated the 12.6 (78) to 8.1 (49) win to former coach Brett Claudius after the game, who died in December last year.

But the victory certainly did not come easy for the Greenbacks.

The Bulls charged out of the gates in the first quarter, with Daniel Dwyer quick to put his side on the board, followed by goals by teammates Myles Mitchell and Aidan Fraser.

Tom Cox halted the momentum by nailing one for Beach and goals from Jordan King and Sonny Dann levelled things up heading into the first break.

A back-and-forth second term saw two early goals from Dean Fancote and Fraser, before Beach settled and took control of the game.

Matthew Kennelly scored one on the run for the Greenbacks, with Dion Parriman getting his name on the board after a 50m penalty.

Brad Horsman had his solid work from the first half rewarded with a goal, before Dann nailed another on the siren to extend his team’s lead to 15 points.

Beach went on another run in front of goals in the third quarter, with Alphonse Cox putting two to his name and Dann booting a massive one from 40m out.

Parriman came off with a knee injury during the term, but his team kept the momentum going, with King continuing his dominance with another goal.

Semifinal hero Kurt Hunter managed to put a couple of goals on the board for the Bulls in the second half, but the game was sealed when Keifer Yu booted one from a 50m penalty in the final term.

Stephen Howard and Tom and Alphonse Cox were among the best players on the day, but captain King was named man of the match for his impressive showing across the field.

Coach Shaun Bin Swani was proud of his side’s performance.

“The boys played well all year and followed their structures, they worked hard today and it was a really good win,” he said.

Bin Swani honoured former coach Claudius in his speech and told the Broome Advertiser it made the victory even more special for Beach.

“He would have been proud watching us, all year we said we were doing it for Brett and now we can say we did it for him.”

The win marked Beach’s first premiership since 2015.

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