Western Districts have continued their dream run in the Mid West netball finals as they defeated West Coast in the preliminary final at Elliston on Saturday.
The Tigers got over the line by four goals as the match ended 57-53.
Districts only sealed their top-four position in the final match of the regular season and finished nine points behind the second-placed Hawks, who had inflicted a lone defeat on Wirrulla and had looked the best of the rest throughout the season.
The game started with the teams going goal-for-goal for the opening five minutes, then the Hawks settled to take a five-goal lead at the break.
It took five minutes until the opening goal of the second term was scored by the Tigers, who fought back to level proceedings.
There was plenty of pressure all over the court from both teams which created unforced errors and the quarter was goal-for-goal in the latter stages as Districts’ lead was reduced to see the teams level at half-time.
Districts were focused and settled as the third quarter got underway.
Both goal attack’s coming to the fore, however all goalies were showing signs of nerves.
Western Districts got more of their own rebounds as pressure across the court remained intense.
Districts led 42-37 at three-quarter time and dominated the start of the fourth quarter with their goalies stepping up.
Hawks fought hard in the closing minutes but Western Districts held on to win.
Western Districts will face defending champion Wirrulla in the grand final at Wirrulla this Saturday.
Central Eyre moved into the B grade grand final following their 12-goal success against Elliston.
The Bulldogs came away with a 50-38 result to advance.
The first quarter was close with both teams working hard for the ball at the back and in attack.
The defensive pressure continued in the second term as the teams went into the break level at 19-19.
Central Eyre went ahead with accurate shooting and tight defensive work in the third quarter, and Elliston’s inaccurate shooting in the fourth term helped the Bulldogs triumph.
Central Eyre will have another crack at West Coast this Saturday after losing in the semi final.
Wudinna defeated Elliston by six goals to secure their spot in the C grade decider.
It was a scrappy first quarter with plenty of missed passes, while Wudinna’s goalies were more accurate under the ring.
The second was a more settled quarter which saw Wudinna push clear as they capitalised on turnovers.
There was equal scoring in the third quarter with Elliston picking up their workload, but it was not enough as while they fought hard Wudinna had just too much to win 36-30.
Carmen Petty and Sonia Petty were Wudinna’s best, while Ella Blewitt and Marli Ryan played well for the Roosters.
Wudinna will now meet West Coast, who have won all 16 matches this season.
West Coast came out on top in a dramatic D grade clash with Wirrulla.
The Hawks took the win by just three goals as the match finished 47-44 after extra time.
Wirrulla got off to a flyer to score the first four goals in quick succession, however the Hawks settled to net four of their own and eventually lead by two at quarter-time.
The Hawks defended well in the second quarter and it took more than five minutes for Wirrulla to score, while long-bombs from West Coast created goals.
They led by four at half-time before an even start to the third term.
The gap was reduced to one goal and West Coast errors in attack allowed Wirrulla to level the scores.
They soon went ahead with some good shooting, only for the Hawks to recover to lead by two goals at the final break.
Wirrulla eradicated the deficit in the early minutes of the fourth quarter and the scores remained level to ensure extra time was needed, where the Hawks got home in a thriller.
The result sets up a grand final between West Coast and Wudinna.
Central Eyre came away with a 53-46 win against West Coast in the Junior A match to secure a grand final spot against Wudinna.
Wudinna got the better of Central Eyre in the Junior B match by three goals.
The Magpies started well although Central Eyre kept in touch throughout the contest.
Wudinna’s goalies were on form, yet in the final quarter Centrals came out strong to catch Wudinna.
The Bulldogs then took the lead, only to see it slip away in the final minutes.
The 40-37 result means the Magpies advance to take on West Coast in the grand final.