The Blues marched to the next stage of the A grade Far West football finals series with a 37-point victory over Thevenard at Ceduna on Saturday.
The Blues blasted clear in the final quarter with five goals to win 12-6 (78) to 5-11 (41) and set their sights on a match against either Koonibba or Western United.
Led by three goals from Nicholas Fergusson and Jamahl Lebois, the Blues continued their fine form in recent weeks to see off the Magpies, who ended the 2017 campaign without a win.
Just five points separated the teams at quarter-time as the Blues kicked two goals to one on a blustery day, which made it difficult for both teams.
The home team kicked clear in the second quarter, adding four goals to Thevenard’s two to move 15 points clear at half-time.
The Magpies battled hard in the third quarter and grabbed 2-4 to the Blues’ 1-1 to reduce the gap to just one goal by three-quarter-time, although would be left to rue their inaccuracy in front of goal.
The Blues stormed home thanks to those five goals to Thevenard’s two behinds in the fourth quarter to keep their season alive.
Yanni Restas, Dwayne Ettridge and Kingsley Ware were among the best players for the Blues, while Dom Denton – two goals – Jarrad Trowbridge and Lachlan Wilkins played well for Thevenard.
The finals series continues this Saturday as top two do battle when Koonibba and Western United meet at the Far West Aboriginal Sporting Complex.
Koonibba won all four regular season meetings, however triumphed twice by just four points.
The Blues advanced in the B grade with another big final quarter showing to get the better of Thevenard.
They were 39-point victors in an 8-12 (60) to 3-3 (21) result but the match had been close at three-quarter time.
The Magpies got the jump early to lead by eight points at quarter-time, however were kept scoreless in the second to see the Blues take a four-point lead at the main break.
Both teams added a goal apiece in the third term as the Blues extended their lead to six points.
They were utterly dominant in the fourth quarter to put through five goals, as Thevenard failed to trouble the scorers.
Karel Sleep and Dylan Cook, two goals each, were the only players to kick multiple goals.
Mark O’ Driscoll and Jaxon Bennett were among the Blues’ standouts, while Ryan Irvine and Bayden McLaughlin led the way for the Magpies.
Koonibba host Western United in week two of the finals.
The Blues thrashed Koonibba 21-11 (137) to 1-3 (9) in under 17 action.
The 128-point success sees the Blues advance to face either Thevenard or Western United, who meet on Saturday.