Elliston begins premiership defence with a close-fought win against Wudinna United

Reigning champions Elliston started the 2019 Mid West Football League A grade season with a thrilling four-point success over Wudinna United at Wudinna on Saturday.

The Roosters had their noses in front as the teams remained close throughout the four quarters and came away with a 10-10 (70) to 10-6 (66) result.

Jarrad Trowbridge led the Elliston attack with four majors, while Wudinna's Billy Byass kicked three in response.

The Roosters edged a five-goal first quarter to lead by six points and pushed to 10 points clear by the main break, but with five behinds in the second term were unable to completely capitalise.

The teams went goal-for-goal in the third term as they each booted three for a nine-point margin by the final change.

The Magpies had the better of the fourth quarter with three goals to two, but in a thrilling finale were not able to topple the champions.

Best on ground for Elliston included Delahay Miller and Ross Bascomb, while Lance Appleby and Sam Heinjus impressed for Wudinna.

Elsewhere, a big third quarter helped West Coast to an opening-day success against Central Eyre by 42 points.

The Hawks managed to break clear after half-time on their way to a 15-10 (100) to 8-10 (58) victory.

A high-scoring first quarter saw both teams kick six goals as the Hawks led by four points, which was extended to 16 at half-time after the Bulldogs went goalless in the second term.

West Coast made its move in the third quarter with five goals to two which provided breathing space in the form of a 32-point advantage.

Central Eyre again failed to slot home in the final term to see the Hawks ease to the two points.

Joseph McInnis and Jess Kenny were among the Hawks' best performers, while Tasman Fitzgerald and Jesse Stringer played well for Central Eyre.

It was a tale of two goalkickers as Cameron Montgomerie booted five for West Coast and Fitzgerald did the same for the Bulldogs, with Montgomerie assisted by three apiece from Kenny and McInnis.

Western Districts is off and running with a win after defeating Wirrulla by 25 points.

The Tigers booted six goals in the third term which helped them to a 12-10 (82) to 8-9 (57) victory.

Damon King-O'Loughlin was dominant in front of goal for Western Districts with four, while Simon Webb responded with three goals.

A tight first half saw the Tigers lead by five points at quarter-time and 12 at the main break.

They surged clear in the third quarter with six goals to two which extended the lead to 34 points and looked to wrap-up the win.

Despite three goals to one in the final quarter it was not enough for Wirrulla to turn the match around.

Charlie Williams and Callum Cook led by example for Western Districts, while Wirrulla's best included Mitchell Gum and Oliver McCallum.

B grade

An impressive first quarter helped Elliston to a 5-6 (36) to 2-4 (16) win over Wudinna United.

The Roosters kicked four goals to a point in the opening term which helped them to the 20-point triumph.

Even when Elliston went goalless in the second and third quarters, the Magpies could not capitalise.

Elliston's Ethan Packer was the only player to grab more than one goal with two majors.

West Coast also benefitted from a good start to defeat Central Eyre by 27 points.

The Hawks did the damage in the first and third quarters on their way to an 8-6 (54) to 4-3 (27) win.

The visitors went scoreless in the opening term as the Hawks led by 22 points, while four goals to one in the third term gave West Coast a buffer.

Jay Johns and Tyson Squire led the way with three goals each.

Wirrulla got home by just two points against Western Districts.

The teams traded the lead throughout as the Bombers held on to win 9-7 (61) to 9-5 (59).

Wirulla led at quarter-time only to be pegged back by the main break.

That six-point deficit turned into a seven-point advantage by three-quarter time and despite grabbing three goals to two in the final term, Western Districts fell short.

Russell Moroney did kick three goals for the Tigers, as the trio of Sam Devlin, Robert Marshall and Shane Pittaway booted two each for Wirrulla.