Tigers climb to top spot

Robert DoughertyBroome Advertiser
Michael Embley in the ruck for Derby Tigers.
Camera IconMichael Embley in the ruck for Derby Tigers. Credit: Robert Dougherty/Robert Dougherty

Derby Tigers completed their climb of the West Kimberley Football Association ladder last Saturday as they shredded closest rivals Broome Bulls, 76 to 31.

Spectators expecting a hard- fought and close match were visibly shocked as the Tigers rose to the challenge and eviscerated the Bulls in the opening quarter, kicking three goals and four points.

Derby’s pressure was sturdy, their running strong and every goal kicked was triumphantly celebrated at Haynes Oval as the Tigers sought to break Broome’s spirit — even permanent tagging on Tigers midfielder Gerrick Weedon seemed ineffective at times.

The Bulls’ defence gave them a solid chance throughout the match, but they ended the third quarter five goals behind and needed an amazing roll of the dice to close the game.

Derby Tigers' Jeffrey Maher takes a run along the boundary against Broome Bulls.
Camera IconDerby Tigers' Jeffrey Maher takes a run along the boundary against Broome Bulls. Credit: Robert Dougherty

One of the most unusual games of the season so far was the community clash between Bidyadanga and Looma as the two teams fought a back-and-forth sprinting battle, neither kicking a goal before the second quarter.

Despite a late run of goals, inaccurate kicking cost the Eagles dearly as they were run down by the Emus, 51 to 31, with Looma kicking 11 behinds and three goals.

Looma Eagles win the first bounce against Bidyadanga.
Camera IconLooma Eagles win the first bounce against Bidyadanga. Credit: Robert Dougherty

It’s fair to say Cable Beach “went to town” against Broome Towns during the Friday night game, steadily piling on more points and holding their rivals to just two goals, ending the match 120 to 15.

The Saints also struggled as they played Peninsula Bombers last weekend.

The footy was shared equally between the Bombers, with 11 players kicking majors to elevate their score to 152 to 39.

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