Districts advance to preliminary final | PHOTOS

Western Districts have moved into the Mid West netball preliminary final following an upset victory over Central Eyre by 14 goals on Saturday.

The Tigers extended their season as they came away with a 61-47 result at Minnipa.

Central Eyre had downed Districts in all three previous meetings this season and finished six points clear in third position, however the Tigers – who only confirmed their spot in the finals in the last round of the regular season – rose to the occasion.

Districts started the match with five unanswered goals as Central Eyre took a while to settle under pressure from Districts across the court.

The Tigers led 19-9 at quarter-time and continued to dominate from the outset in the second term, with the Bulldogs struggling to get the ball to their goalies.

Both teams were determined to gain possession and capitalise, but it was Districts who led by 11 at half-time.

They made several changes at the break which suited the pace of the game, and continued to take the ascendancy.

While Central Eyre battled hard at the back the match was in Districts’ control as they led 46-35 at three-quarter time.

They did not let the Bulldogs back into the contest in the final term to come away with the victory.

Charlee Murnane was Western Districts’ best, while Abbey Bruce led the way for Central Eyre. 

The finals continue this weekend when Wirrulla and West Coast aim to become the first team into the grand final.

The loser will have a second chance in the preliminary final against Western Districts.

Elliston have marched on in the B grade thanks to a 15-goal triumph against Wudinna.

The Roosters did the business to halt Wudinna’s 2018 run as the match ended 50-35.

Elliston came out strong with their defenders making Wudinna’s goalies Gabby Seal and Leisa Barns shoot wide, while Zali Newton was getting good service at the other end.

A six goal lead was extended to seven by half-time as Newton continued to shoot well and Wudinna’s Meika Tomney took some great intercepts.

Whenever it seemed Wudinna could find a way back the Roosters put their foot down and equaled their efforts.

Elliston put pressure on the Magpies across the court in the third quarter and forced mistakes from Wudinna which allowed them to widen the margin to eight goals.

The Roosters started the final quarter on fire and were far too strong as they capitalised on every turnover.

The result means Elliston will face the loser of this weekend’s West Coast versus Central Eyre clash, with the winner advancing to the grand final.

It was a closer one in the C grade as Elliston got the better of Central Eyre.

There was only 11 goals in it as the Bulldogs exited this season’s competition following a 42-31 result.

Great defensive pressure got Elliston off to a good start, although Central Eyre started to settle and capitalised on their turnovers to only trail by three at quarter-time.

Yet the Bulldogs struggled to get the ball through their mid-court in the second term and Elliston pounced on any errors to take a 23-16 lead into half-time.

Central Eyre changes at the break provided drive, with some good intercepts getting them going.

Elliston’s strong defensive work meant the Bulldogs could not finish off their attacking moves and the margin went out to 14 goals by the final break.

The Roosters’ goalies were shooting well in the final term and while Central Eyre fought hard, Elliston were just too strong.

West Coast will take on Wudinna in the second semi final this Saturday with a grand final place awaiting the victor.

Wirrulla moved through to the D grade preliminary final following their 42-19 success over Central Eyre.

The Bombers’ comfortable 23-goal triumph leaves them facing the loser of this weekend’s match between West Coast and Wudinna.

Wirrulla got off to a good start as they went ahead by eight goals and eventually led by seven at quarter-time.

The Bulldogs recovered yet could not gain momentum and missed a few crucial goals which could have turned the game significantly.

Wirrulla were ahead 20-11 at half-time and were consistent in the third term whereas Central Eyre’s shooting let them down.

Central Eyre battled hard in the fourth term yet came up against an in-form opponent.

In a high-scoring Junior A match the spoils went the way of West Coast, by 17 goals over Western Districts.

The 60-43 result sees the Hawks’ season continue against the loser of the match this Saturday between Central Eyre and Wudinna.

Wet conditions made for a difficult opening to the match but both teams adapted well as the Hawks led by 10 goals.

Districts came back well in the second term and their good shooting saw the gap close to six, although some half-time changes saw the Hawks hit the first five goals of the third quarter which proved vital.

They led by 15 at three-quarter time and finished the game strongly, while Districts struggled to convert good passages of play into goals.

Wudinna enjoyed Junior B success as they knocked out Western Districts.

Wudinna secured a 30-goal triumph as the match ended 45-15 to continue their campaign in the preliminary final, where they will face either West Coast or Central Eyre.

The Magpies started well in this clash as Western Districts took some time to settle.

That continued in the second term as Wudinna were good under the ring and their passing to remain in control.

Districts put up a good fight in the third term with their defence yet were unable to slow Wudinna down and only added one goal in the quarter themselves.

While Districts continued to fight, they just could not stem the flow of Wudinna goals in the final term.