Blues inflicts first defeat on Koonibba

UP HIGH: Jarden Stoetzer, who booted 11 goals, flies high for Western United in their big win over Thevenard. Picture: Andrew Brooks

UP HIGH: Jarden Stoetzer, who booted 11 goals, flies high for Western United in their big win over Thevenard. Picture: Andrew Brooks

Koonibba fell to their first defeat of the Far West A grade season as a superb final quarter saw the Blues win by five points in the 2017 MAC Road Safety Round.

The Blues trailed at every break and were down by 14 points at three-quarter-time, but turned it around to win 15-10 (100) to 15-5 (95).

Led by five goals apiece from Andrew Miller and Brendan Kloeden, the Blues picked up their best win of the campaign.

It proved an even first quarter where Koonibba kicked three of the first four goals, only for the Blues to grab three of its own before two further Roosters’ goals.

Four points clear at quarter-time, Koonibba grabbed four of the opening six goals in the second quarter only for the Blues to peg the deficit to two points at half-time thanks to two late majors.

Koonibba dominated the third term with four goals to two and looked to be powering to yet another victory.

Yet the Blues rallied and scored the opening four goals of the final quarter to lead by 11 points.

Koonibba struck twice to lead by a point but Kloeden kicked the dramatic winning goal.

Western United had an easier time of it against Thevenard to win 26-14 (170) to 5-2 (32).

The 138-point triumph was aided in a second quarter in which the Tigers gained momentum by kicking four goals to none.

Jarden Stoetzer was irrepressible as he rammed home 11 goals.

Western United took a 16-point lead into the first break and pushed clear in the second quarter to lead by 42 at half-time.

The Tigers compounded Thevenard misery in the second half as they proved relentless in the forward third.

They added nine goals to just two behinds to take the margin out to 98 points and a further eight goals to two in the final quarter sealed a superb day in which the Tigers closed the gap to Koonibba to six points. 

The Blues’ Waylon Drew and Stoetzer were voted the MAC game changer medal winners.

Drew’s pace and drive on the wing went a long way to the Blues’ win over Koonibba, while Stoetzer was dominant in front of goal.

Far West Football League president Ron Redford acknowledged the importance of MAC’s involvement and sponsorship of country football and reinforced the importance of road safety among country football clubs.

“In addition to playing a round devoted to road safety both Thevenard on Tuesday, August 1 and the Blues on Wednesday, August 2, in cooperation with SAPOL, will be conducting MAC Road Safety seminars,” he said.

“It is important that as many players, officials and supporters attend these sessions as statistics show there are heightened risks associated with country driving.”

In the B grade matches there were wins for Koonibba by 40 points versus the Blues and a 94-point triumph for Western United over Thevenard.