Tigers rally to defeat gallant Towns and keep season alive

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Wade Wungundin moves the ball forward for the Derby Tigers.
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Derby Tigers booked a place in the WKFL finals series last Friday after fending off a brave Towns in the final game of the home and away season.

It was a tough back and forth battle between the two teams at Father McMahon Oval but a strong second half helped the Tigers to clinch the 48-point victory and sneak back into the top four.

Despite not having any players on the bench, Towns came out strong in the opening term, with Jeremy Woodley quick to put one on the board. Derby soon found their form, however, with Marcus Numendumah, Kieron Giltrow and Kaylumb Kitching all booting goals for the Tigers to lead by 14 points at the first break.

Key Towns midfielder Sean Williams hobbled off with an ankle injury towards the end of the first quarter but managed to take the field in the second term and was dominant in the centre.

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His side put on a clinic in the second, with William Swan, Scott Bedford, Razak John Bellou and Woodley all scoring, while keeping the Tigers to one single goal to lead by four points at half-time.

But one goal was all Towns had to show for the second half, with the Tigers getting the better of them to boot 10 goals en route to the 14.7 (91) to 6.7 (43) win.

Gilbert Cox was the standout for the match, with Curtley Hunter and Numendumah also impressive for the Tigers. Williams and Bedford were strong for Towns.

The two sides were meant to clash in round nine last month but the game was postponed because of a funeral in Derby.

The Tigers have now qualified for finals and will take on the Broome Bulls to keep their premiership dream alive.

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