Western Districts looming as the team to beat

NO QUARTER GIVEN: Elliston's Ella Williams in a heavy tussle with Wudinna United player Bianca Stanley. Picture: Dianne Penna

NO QUARTER GIVEN: Elliston's Ella Williams in a heavy tussle with Wudinna United player Bianca Stanley. Picture: Dianne Penna

Western Districts continued its perfect start to the Mid West A grade netball season with a tight 37-34 win against Wirrulla.

The first half started in scrappy fashion in warm conditions, with goals hard to come by and defensive pressure high from both sides.

Wirrulla reduced the four-goal deficit in the second quarter to trail by one at the main break, capitalising on turnovers and taking advantage of any Districts’ mistakes.

It proved a very even third quarter with every goal hard-fought for both teams and it remained close as Districts led by three.

Mistakes and turnovers came to the fore as pressure built in the fourth quarter, with Districts holding on to its slender lead to win its fifth match of the season.

Elliston cruised a 56-25 win over Wudinna to move into second position.

The Roosters led by one at quarter-time following a fast-paced start, while those in attack showed their accuracy in the second quarter as Elliston edged six goals ahead.

Wudinna’s young team fought hard to defend each pass and looked to pounce on any loose balls, while Elliston played a short game and displayed some fine defensive work in a defining third quarter.

Ahead by 18 goals, Elliston carried that confidence through to the fourth as it finished strong with accurate shooting.

West Coast moved up to fourth position with a keenly-contested 46-42 victory against Central Eyre.

It was another close match in the B grade between Western Districts and Wirrulla, with Districts earning a 40-37 victory.

Districts had the upper hand in the first quarter to lead by four at the first change and it maintained that advantage through to three-quarter time, before holding on in a competitive final quarter.

Wudinna remains top of the table thanks to a 53-45 win against Elliston.

It proved tight for three quarters but with Wudinna six clear at the final break and dominating the early stages of the fourth quarter, they enjoyed an eight-goal win.

Central Eyre is second after beating West Coast 43-39.