Thevenard stun the premiers | PHOTOS

Thevenard caused a stir as they started the Far West football season with an A grade upset against reigning champions Koonibba at Thevenard on Saturday.

The Magpies were ahead throughout the day to win by 11 points in a 10-13 (73) to 9-8 (62) result.

Koonibba lost just once in a triumphant 2017 while Thevenard failed to register a victory, yet the Magpies started well to lead by eight points at the first break.

They kicked three goals to one to crucially lead by 21 points at half-time, although the Roosters had the better of the third quarter to reduce the deficit at the final break by four points.

Charlie Coleman’s team kicked two goals in the final term yet it was not enough as Thevenard held on to open the campaign in the best possible fashion.

Kyle Penna was important for the Magpies with three goals, while he was ably assisted by two goals apiece from Jarrad Trowbridge and Antonin Pav.

Royden Miller and Brandon Willis each grabbed two goals for the Roosters.

Western United laid down a marker for the season ahead with a 94-point thumping of the Blues at Ceduna.

The Tigers started well and were rampant in the third term to run away with a 17-17 (119) to 3-7 (25) victory.

Last season’s beaten grand finalists were led by four goals each from Jarden Stoetzer and Jesse Chandler, while three players chimed in with two goals.

The Tigers dominated the opening quarter as the Blues registered just one behind to trail by 34 points.

Only inaccurate kicking kept the home side in the match as Western United failed to make the most of 15 scoring shots, finishing with 4-11.

The Blues kicked two goals in the second quarter yet found themselves down by 45 points at half-time, before a third quarter onslaught.

The Tigers booted nine goals while keeping the home side scoreless to lead by a massive 103 points.

The Blues got the only goal in the final quarter yet it was not the start they were hoping for.

Zac Perry, Jaxon Bennett and Brendan Kloeden kicked their goals.

Jake Warmington capped a superb day for the Tigers by being named the Anzac Day medal winner, repeating his effort from 12 months earlier.

Koonibba got their B grade season off to a winning start with a 12-8 (80) to 3-4 (22) victory against Thevenard.

The Magpies were kept scoreless in the first and third quarters and Koonibba used that time to widen the gap at the other end, especially when adding five goals in the third quarter to eventually win by 58 points.

It was much closer between the Blues and Western United, with the Tigers winning by eight points.

This was a low-scoring affair and the teams could hardly be separated throughout as it ended 4-6 (30) to 3-4 (22).

Peter Dobbins led with three goals for the Tigers.