Mid West football
WEST Coast Hawks are through to their 13th straight Mid West grand final after defeating Elliston by five points in the preliminary final at Wudinna.
It was a special occasion for the Roosters as Tom Rumbelow notched up his 200th game for Elliston.
With the milestone he joined his father Grant Rumbelow in having played 200 or more games with the club.
The first quarter saw West Coast Hawks control much of the play although Elliston stayed with them.
The Hawks kicked four goals to the Roosters’ three to lead by nine points at the first break.
Elliston applied attacking pressure in the second quarter but West Coast Hawks were holding steady.
The Hawks were helped with good defensive performances from Derick Freeman at full back and Tyson Montgomerie at half back.
For Elliston Ben Hurrell was a standout in attack while Delehay Miller won possessions in the midfield.
An even quarter saw each team finish with six scoring shots and three goals apiece to keep the margin at nine points at half time.
The Hawks turned it on in the third quarter as effective play and good attack of the football set up several scoring shots.
Elliston were kept quiet for much of the quarter, finshing with two goals.
The Hawks put through four of their own to stretch their lead to 23 points going into the final break.
Elliston were determined in the final quarter and came home strong with good offensive pressure.
The Roosters put through three goals while the Hawks were kept to just one.
That one proved to be enough as the Hawks held on for a narrow five-point win.
Braden Holmes and Zak Lovegrove stood out up forward for the Hawks with three and two goals respectively. In his milestone game Rumbelow equal top scored for Elliston with Hurrell with three goals apiece.
Despite not getting the win Elliston showed its support for its long serving player by chairing him off the field following the match.
The win puts the West Coast Hawks into its 13th straight grand final and 16th overall since the club’s formation in 1999.
For the past five years they have been up against Central Eyre and with the Bulldogs looking for three-in-a-row, it is shaping up to be a great match once again.
The two teams previously met in the second semi final on August 26 with Central Eyre scoring a seven-point win.
The A grade grand final will begin at Minnipa Oval at 2.30pm this Saturday.