Western United and Koonibba get good wins

Far West football

The top two teams in Far West football had further strengthened their positions on the ladder with some dominant performances at the weekend.

Led by sharpshooters Jarden Stoetzer and Tom Woods Western United piled on the goals to sink the Blues by 181 points at Ceduna on Saturday.

The Tigers set up the win by half time kicking 16 first half goals to one to lead by 95 points at half time.

Stoetzer and Woods provided reliable marking targets, leading effectively for the ball coming into the 50 and kicking 12 and 11 goals respectively.

One of the main perpetrators behind Westies' inside 50s was Jesse Chandler who racked up possessions and got the centre clearances, while also kicking two goals of his own.

The defensive pressure was applied by the likes of Dale Shipard and Tyler Mahar, who were effective in rebounding the ball back into attack.

The scoreboard did not reflect the Blues' effort throughout and they had many who contributed, Haydn Amery and Daniel Smith worked hard in defence against a strong Westies forward line, James Reed was frequently around the ball and worked for possessions while Shane Coulthard and Shad Smith helped move the ball forward.

In the other game this weekend, Koonibba also enjoyed a strong performance defeating Thevenard by 33 points at the Far West Aboriginal Sporting Complex.

While the Roosters were kept to an 11-point lead at the first break they then outscored Thevenard four goals to one, though could have extended their lead more as they also added seven behinds to lead by 33 points at half time.

The Magpies fought back, scoring four goals to two to trail by 22 points at the final break before Koonibba finished the job to win 13.12 (90) to 8.9 (57).

Edwin Gray did the most damage for Koonibba with six goals with Vaughan and Swayne Day each scoring two goals, while Thevenard's top scorer was Dom Denton with five majors.

This weekend will see Koonibba back at home against the Blues while Thevenard will host the undefeated Western United.

Sportsmanship shown in under 14s

A great show of sportsmanship and fair play was seen in the under 14 match between Koonibba and Thevenard on Saturday.

Some of the Thevenard players come from Yalata each week to play, however this week the Yalata players were running late which left Thevenard short for the start of the match.

Fortunately Koonibba provided three players, who were given positions of their choosing, and even offered to take a player off to even up numbers until the Yalata players arrived.

The act was seen as a great display of sportsmanship.

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