Eagles edged out by Beach
Reigning premiers Looma Eagles were edged out by the Cable Beach Greenbacks on Saturday, despite their late surge in a low-scoring encounter.
A rivalry has developed bet-ween the two teams, stemming from a nail-biting grand final last year when Looma kicked a goal after the siren to claim the trophy.
Earlier this season, Beach avenged the close loss by hammering the Eagles by 64 points.
But it was a much tighter affair at Haynes Oval on Saturday, as the Greenbacks held on to claim a five-point victory.
It took 16 minutes for the first goal of the game to be kicked, with Bradley Horsman nailing one for Beach, before Lewis Broome quickly got one back for the Eagles.
The contest heated up in the second quarter, sparked by a goal from a 50m penalty in favour of the Eagles.
Tyrese Skeen nailed one soon after, before Brodie Albert and Ben Gasior tied things up for Beach heading into half-time.
The league’s leading goal kicker, Sonny Dann, found his form in the third term, bagging a couple for Cable, with Jordan King also getting his name on the board.
But Looma were hanging in there and goals by Broome and Dylan Lennard ensured the margin was just 11 points going into the final break.
The win appeared to be sealed after Dann kicked a goal at the nine-minute mark of the last quarter, but Looma’s Deromitt Wilson and Lyle Buck kicked two late ones to revive their hopes.
And while momentum may have been on their side, time was not, and Beach sneaked away with a 7.10 (52) to 7.5 (47) win.
Looma will travel to Derby next week to face the Tigers, while Cable play the Peninsula Bombers at home.
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