Western United ready for preliminary final after downing Koonibba

Western United moved into the Far West netball preliminary final following a comfortable victory against Koonibba on Saturday.

The Tigers came away with a 41-goal success as the match ended 69-28.

A nervous start by both teams resulted in a few early turnovers, but Westies settled first to grab an early lead.

Their defensive work was strong and was causing turnovers which led to a 10-goal advantage at the break.

The Roosters made a change which gave them more drive into their attack and were working hard for every goal.

Both teams were missing some regulars, yet Westies were handling the finals pressure better.

It was a very quiet game for a first semi final and while the Tigers had it won early on, Koonibba kept working hard in attack.

Emma Warmington performed well for Western United in attack, while Koonibba's best player was Serena Gunter.

Ceduna Blues United meets Thevenard this Saturday with a spot in the grand final on the line, while Western United awaits the loser.

In the B grade, Thevenard eased to a 48-10 win over Koonibba.

It was a slow start to the match, but the Magpies' defence proved formidable and good ball control saw them take the win.

Tegan Gascoyne led the way for Thevenard, while Jaylene Ware played her part for the Roosters.

Western United meets Ceduna Blues United this Saturday.

Ceduna Blues United enjoyed a 49-goal success against Koonibba in the C grade clash.

Cobie Polman-Short was the Blues' best performer in the 69-20 result, while Tanyta Haseldine did well for Koonibba.

The Roosters came into the match without a win yet gave it their all.

Abi Amery turned over many balls from her wing defence position which made it hard for Koonibba to get the ball into the front two.

Kirsty Sansbury shot with accuracy when she got possession and at half-time Giann Skinner went into goal keeper and took some strong rebounds.

Koonibba did not give up the entire match and the Blues did not give an inch as they ran out winners.

Western United and Thevenard will meet in Saturday's second semi final.

Thevenard advanced in the D grade over Koonibba, with Ceduna Blues United to meet Western United this Saturday for a direct route to the grand final.

The Junior A contest between Koonibba and Ceduna Blues United went the way of the Roosters by 38 goals.

The Blues started well with quick passes, but defensive pressure from both teams saw turnovers lead to goals at the other end.

It started out goal-for-goal, but as the match went on Koonibba pulled away with turnovers and sound defensive work to grab the win.

Western United faces Thevenard this Saturday in the second semi final.

A low-scoring Junior B game between Thevenard and Ceduna Blues United ended in a thrilling win for the Magpies.

Zoe McGuinness starred for Thevy in the 14-13 result, with Jordan Tonkin playing well for the Blues.

Thevenard's defenders worked well together, although when given an opportunity the Blues' goalies shot very well.

It proved a very good game and the added drama of the finals meant it was exciting to watch.

Western United meets Koonibba on Saturday for a place in the decider.

Koonibba 1 cruised to a 47-7 Junior C win against Ceduna Blues United.

The Roosters took to the court with six players yet quickly settled into the match.

The Blues came out fighting hard, but were unable to match the experience of the Koonibba girls and at the main break the Roosters led by 18.

Positional changes from both teams was forthcoming, but Koonibba's consistency under the ring remained to enjoy a strong win.

Kailee Colbung-Ware was Koonibba's best player, while Makayla Hammat did well for United.

Koonibba 2 will face Western United this Saturday.