GALLERY | Elliston falls to thrilling defeat to set up intriguing final round

Elliston suffered only its second Mid West netball defeat of the season, going down by one goal against West Coast.

On a very cold and blustery day it proved a close match as it ended 37-36.

The Roosters led at the end of the first quarter and at half-time, however was unable to go on to finish the job.

Elliston’s Zali Newton and Rochelle Wheaton of West Coast shot very well for their respective teams and the passing by their goal-mates was accurate and exciting to see.

After being even at three-quarter-time, the Hawks settled first to score the opening three goals in the final term.

It was goal-for-goal as Elliston lifted to bring the difference back to one goal, then driving towards the ring time was called to see the Hawks win a terrific game by the narrowest of margins.

The victors were led by Wheaton and Chelsea Kenny-Skinner, while Zali Newton and Jasmin Newton played well for Elliston.

Western Districts kept hold of second spot on the table with one match remaining thanks to a six-goal victory over Central Eyre.

The 40-34 result has the Tigers in the box seat to grab the double chance in the finals.

Wirrulla downed Wudinna 33-20 to maintain its chances of taking second position.

The Bombers’ 13-goal triumph extended Wudinna’s winless season.

Elliston got the better of West Coast in the B grade to win 38-31 and secure a spot in the finals series.

Windy conditions provided a challenging game for both teams and injuries were prevalent on both sides.

The Roosters pulled ahead just after half-time with a few quick goals and this proved decisive.

Elliston finished in a strong manner in the fourth quarter to take home the points.

Second-placed Central Eyre defeated Western Districts by six goals.

The 37-31 defeat secured a top-two finish for the Bulldogs – who can still fight for first place this weekend – and ended the Tigers’ finals hopes.

Leaders Wudinna defeated Wirrulla 33-21.

The Magpies know a win this weekend will secure first position, while Wirrulla will go into the final match still seeking a first win this season.