(Photo courtesy Broome Advertiser)
Cable Beach were undefeated during season 2022. They were also undefeated in 2007 when they won the Premiership.
The Cable Beach Greenbacks have secured their 10th West Kimberley Football League Premiership since the league's launch in 1991 with a down-to-the-wire win over the Derby Tigers.
Playing under the Saturday afternoon heat at Haynes Oval, Beach came out firing with captain Sonny Dann putting six points on the board within the first two minutes.
The rest in the prelim round looked to have worked wonders for Beach, who continued to pile on the pressure with another goal and behind before Derby were able to get the ball in their forward 50.
Edward Mcginty who scored four goals for Derby in the final quarter of their prelim against Looma was able to finally get his team on the board with an impressive quick snap goal from around 40 metres out, but celebrations were short lived, with Beach getting a quick set shot from 30m after a holding call against Derby.
The neck and neck play continued for the rest of the first period, with both teams slotting home a goal-a-piece to see Beach end two goals ahead, Beach 4.2-26 to Derby 2.2-14.
Things continued Cable Beach's way in the second quarter, with two quick goals seeing the lead blowout to 22-points before the Tigers were lucky to get a 50m penalty, handing an easy set shot from the top of the goal square to bring the gap back to 16-points.
Intent on not going into the half-time break with a double digit deficit, Derby kept pushing through the Cable Beach midfield, but accuracy in-front of goal was the issue, with a set shot from 30m on the siren going wayward for a point.
At half-time, Cable Beach were sitting pretty with an 18-point lead, Beach 6.4-40 to Derby 3.4-22.
The narrative looked to be going Cable Beach's way again in the third quarter, with an early goal seeing the lead extended to 24-points.
Despite the worrying scoreline, Derby continued to pile on the pressure, managing three goals and a behind to ensure the half-time lead was only extended by a single point heading into the final period, Beach 9.6-60 to Derby 6.5-41.
Facing the prospects of a second grand-final loss in as many years, the Tigers came out firing in the final quarter.
An early goal for the Tigers brought the premiership back within arms reach, with Beach struggling to get the ball into their forward 50 in the first half of the final period.
With just minutes left in the game, a goal and three behinds to Beach looked to have sealed the victory with much of the crowd off their feet and beginning to celebrate.
But some quick play in the Tigers midfield saw two goals scored within a minute, bringing the game back to within seven points with just a minute to go emboldening the Tigers players who continued to fight until the final siren.
Despite the late rush back, Derby were unable to seal another goal to take the lead, seeing Beach secure the West Kimberley Premiership for a 10th time and a third in three years by just seven points.
From a spectator's perspective, it couldn't have been a more interesting final quarter, and one far exceeds last year's grand final where the Tigers were downed by almost 50 points.
Cable Beach's Daniel Cox was awarded the Father McMahon medal for best on ground, with his speed in the middle of the park the difference maker for Beach.
The undefeated season mirrors Beach's 2007 performance the year Joseph Dann, who just won his ninth premiership, won his first.
The Dann brothers now have 16 premierships between them - Vernon (3), Joseph (9), Leon (3) and Ashley (1).
(Write-up courtesy Sam Jones Broome Advertiser)
1st Semi Final August 27th : Looma 10.12.72 D Towns 11.3.69
The Broome Towns premiership hopes were also snuffed out by the Looma Eagles in a nail-bitter at Haynes Oval on Saturday afternoon.
Looma was behind the Towns for the first three quarters until the last term where they made an impressive comeback to win the match, kicking seven goals and four behinds to win by just three points, 10.12 (72) to 11.3 (69).
Looma will now move on to the preliminary final where they will face the Derby Tigers for a spot in the grand final.
2nd Semi Final August 27th : Cable Beach 13.9.87 D Derby 9.4.58
Cable Beach secured themselves a spot in the West Kimberley Football League (WKFL) grand final after defeating their rivals, the Derby Tigers, once again.
It continues the side's undefeated streak, one of the longest in WA country football, with 23 consecutive wins.
Passions were high on Haynes Oval on Saturday afternoon where a big crowd of local football fans had gathered to cheer their teams on.
Having lost the premiership to the Greenbacks last year and their past two match-ups, the Derby Tigers looked intent on revenge.
But Cable Beach dominated the first term, attacking down their right flank and scoring four goals including a bomb from beyond the 50 from Jordan King while the Tigers managed to score just one goal, 4.3 (27) to 1.1 (7).
The Tigers claimed the first goal of the second term and held back Cable Beach's attacks with their tight defence.
But the Greenbacks started to break the Tiger's defence by the end of the term, scoring themselves another three goals, keeping themselves well in the lead, 7.5 (47) to 2.1 (13).
The Tigers shone in the third quarter, kicking the first two goals of the term in quick succession, before scoring an additional two goals after some savvy plays in the centre to the forward line where Cable Beach's sloppy defence let them through, 9.6 (60) to 6.2 (38).
The Tigers defence continued to knock back Cable Beach in the final quarter but the Greenbacks' attacks were quick and relentless, allowing them to sneak four goals through.
The Tiger's Bobby Gallagher was a juggernaut in the back line, batting the ball back every time it came into his position but despite his best efforts Cable Beach's sharpshooters managed to hit their mark, winning the match by 29 points, 13.9 (87) to 9.4 (58).
The two-time consecutive premiership team will now move to the grand final where they will look to make a hat trick of premiership wins.
The Greenbacks can rest easy for now, but no doubt the Tigers will be out for revenge, looking to join the Greenbacks in the grand final once again. (Courtesy Broome Advertiser)
Preliminary Final Derby 18.9.117 d Looma 9.5.59
Derby Tigers will face off against Cable Beach in the WKFL Grand Final after a stellar second half performance against the Looma Eagles.
Playing under a harsh Saturday sun at Haynes Oval in Broome, the match began on a fairly even keel with both teams coming out firing in-front of goal.
The Tigers looked set to enter the first break ahead by seven points, but quick reactions from the Looma forwards saw a difficult chance turn to a goal with a skillsful soccer of the ball to see Derby's kead cut to just one point at the break, Derby 3.2-20 to Looma 3.1-19.
In the second quarter, the tit-for-tat play saw both teams slot home a number of goals, with Looma's accurate kicking keeping them in contention despite having less chances.
Towards the end of the half it was Luke Shepherd who looked the difference maker for Derby, getting above the Looma full backs to seal a number of easy set shots infront of goal and ensure Derby went into halftime ahead, Derby 8.6-54 to Looma's 7.3-45.
With tensions high heading into the second half, Looma were able to secure a goal within the first minute to cut the deficit to just three points, with Derby missing their first chance at goal to add just a single point.
For the next 10 minutes play remained in the midfield, both teams struggling to get it into their forward fifty.
But just as Looma looked as if they'd take the lead, it was Derby who snatched a goal against the tide of play.
It was the confidence boost Derby needed, with the next three goals all falling for the black and yellow, while Looma were held without a single chance infront of goal to see the score-gap widen for the first time all game, Derby 12.7-79 to Looma's 8.4-52.
In the fourth quarter the Eagles struggled to find the will to comeback, with Derby forward Edward Mcginty looking unstoppable in-front of goal, slotting home an impressive four goals and bringing his total for the day to five to see a Tigers win all but sealed.
The rest of the final quarter seemed more a formality for both teams, with Derby managing six goals and two behinds against Looma's single goal and point to see the game finish Derby 18.9-117 to Looma's 9.5-59. (Courtesy Broome Advertiser)
BK congratulating Joseph Dann for his 9th Premiership with Cable Beach