Cable Beach surprise Bidyadanga
Cable Beach Greenbacks have booked themselves a ticket to this year’s WKFL grand final, after upsetting the minor premiers in an explosive semifnal.
After losing to them twice this season, the Greenbacks got the better of the Bidyadanga Emus at Haynes Oval on Saturday, marking their first defeat of the year.
Keifer Yu had the play of the day in the opening two minutes for Cable, sidestepping two opponents and booting a goal from 50m.
The momentum stayed with his side for the entire quarter, with Sonny Dann, Jeff Fong, Jordan King and Ben De Meo all slotting unanswered goals, before Sam Fong extended the lead to 43-points with one on the siren.
The Emus bounced back in the second term, with Nathan Hunter and Aaron Thomas nailing quick ones.
Courtney Thomas also kicked two of his own for the Emus but goals by Ben Gasior and Sam Fong ensured the margin was 29 points at half-time.
Ethan Corpus and Tom Cox were Beach’s only goal kickers in a much quieter second half but strong work by the side’s defenders meant the Emus were only able to kick three of their own, bringing the final score to 11.11 (77) to 7.8 (50).
Midfielders Bradley Horsman, Alphonse Cox and Stephen Howard were solid for Beach, with Yu and Dann also among the side’s best.
But the season is far from over for the Emus, who will have a second chance to qualify for the grand final against the Broome Bulls tomorrow.
The Greenbacks will enjoy a week’s rest ahead of their second grand final clash in as many years.
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