Cable Beach have become the second premiers of the KAMS WKFL Women’s competition after finishing the season undefeated.
In a climactic finish to the season, Cable Beach took on the Derby Tigers in a battle for supremacy.
From the outset, Derby were quick to put the pressure on Cable Beach although Cable Beach retaliated with some hard-hitting tackles of their own.
Despite a struggle to gain possession of the ball because of nerves, Cable Beach were able to at least get on the scoreboard with a behind.
Although it was a low-scoring quarter, the atmosphere at Haynes Oval was so electric the quarter ended in controversial fashion because the umpires were unable to hear the siren.
The second quarter began with great defensive pressure by the Tigers although the wind was working in Cable Beach’s favour, sending the ball to their forward 50.
Although the contest continued to be a scrappy one, Cable Beach finally managed a goal and kept the Tigers scoreless at half-time.
Following the main break, the Tigers were finally able to narrow down the margin with an early goal.
A second successive goal led to Derby taking the lead by just one point although Cable Beach were able to gradually take it back.
Despite some inaccuracies, Cable Beach were able to hold on by six points at the final break.
During the final term, Derby continued to strive for a comeback and bring the scores level in a very even contest.
However, Cable Beach, determined not to get their first loss in the grand final, amped up the pressure on Derby with hard-hitting tackles and extended their lead to win the premiership 5.8 (38) to 3.1 (19).
Cable Beach coach Mandy McSherry said it was great for her team to finish the season undefeated but she had a tremendous respect for the Derby Tigers.
“I didn’t see Derby play last year but whatever they are doing is certainly working,” she said.
“That third quarter, I was definitely pacing nervously.”
Derby Tigers coach Wayne Neate said Cable Beach deserved the premiership after a tremendous season. “(The Tigers) have been trying to match their level all year and I think we did get pretty close,” he said. “We have certainly come a long way from last year.”