Ca­ble Beach flog Bombers FOOT­BALL

Broome Advertiser - - Sport - Jakeb Wad­dell

An old-fash­ioned thump­ing marked the start of the 2018 West Kim­ber­ley Foot­ball League sea­son on Saturday, as one of the top sides made an enor­mous state­ment to the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Ca­ble Beach ver­sus the Penin­sula Bombers looked like it could have been a close match on paper, with both teams get­ting a win over the other last year and each side hav­ing an im­pres­sive pre-sea­son.

But the re­sult was any­thing but close.

De­spite the Bombers ap­ply­ing solid mid­field pres­sure and be­ing ac­cu­rate in the rare mo­ments they were in front of goal, it was all Ca­ble Beach from the first bounce­down at Haynes Oval.

Az­men Se­bas­tian kicked the first goal of the sea­son for Ca­ble, with Sonny Dann fol­low­ing it up with three huge goals in a row.

An­other cou­ple of goals from CJ Oak­ley and An­thony Treacy put Ca­ble Beach in a com­fort­able po­si­tion go­ing into quar­ter-time.

They kept the mo­men­tum rolling in the sec­ond quar­ter, boot­ing five goals, in­clud­ing an­other cou­ple for Dann.

Bart Dji­ag­ween kicked a des­per­ate goal for the Bombers in the dying min­utes of the quar­ter but Ca­ble Beach went into the main break with a 66-point lead.

The Bombers had a sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter third quar­ter, turn­ing up the pres­sure and de­creas­ing the num­ber of en­tries into Ca­ble Beach’s in­side 50. But Ca­ble were re­lent­less in the fi­nal term, scor­ing six goals to storm home and pick up the im­por­tant first win by 120 points.

Coach Brett Claudius said he was pleased with the four-quar­ter per­for­mance.

“We had a re­ally good pre-sea­son and had nearly 30 boys ready to play to­day and they per­formed re­ally well,” he said.

“Our mid­field dom­i­nated the stop­pages and we had boys play­ing in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent roles and ro­ta­tions.

“They came in with a great at­ti­tude and showed in­ten­sity all around the field.”

Bombers coach Graeme Hastie said he took a num­ber of pos­i­tives from the loss to a side he con­sid­ers the “team to beat” this sea­son.

“We knew this game would be tough but our year is about grow­ing,” he said.

“Our side has a lot of boys from dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties so we still need to gel.”

Pic­ture: Jakeb Wad­dell

Orry Lovell is tack­led by Leonard Gor­don.

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