A big final quarter helped push Central Eyre past Western Districts by five points in Mid West football at Minnipa on Saturday.
The Tigers led at every change yet the champions rallied with five goals to three in the fourth term to win 11-12 (78) to 10-13 (73).
The home side started well and restricted the Bulldogs to just two behinds in the opening quarter to lead by 19 points.
That was cut to nine points as Central Eyre hit back with three goals to one in the second term and the match remained tight after half-time as they added three goals apiece to see Western Districts ahead by five at three-quarter time.
Five Central Eyre goals to three in the final quarter saw the premiers make it two wins from two.
Tasman Fitzgerald and Nick Pengelley enjoyed a fruitful afternoon in front of goal with three each, a total matched by Tigers’ player Kingsley Ware.
Central Eyre’s Fitzgerald was named the Joe Day Medal winner.
The Bulldogs were joined on four points by West Coast after they eased past Elliston by 63 points at Piednippie.
The Hawks were rampant in the final third to win 14-12 (96) to 4-9 (33).
The home side were inaccurate in the first quarter as they kicked two goals and five behinds, but Elliston still trailed by 10 points and the margin increased in the second quarter to see the Hawks ahead by 25 at half-time.
Elliston shaded the third quarter to reduce the margin to 19 points yet that only sparked the Hawks into life for the final term as they rammed home seven goals to one behind.
Cameron Montgomerie led by example in attack with four goals, followed by three for Joseph McInnis.
Kye Higgins and Glen Tonkin got two each for the Roosters.
Elliston’s Joseph Burgoyne was awarded the Anzac Day medal.
Wirrulla opened their season account with a 58-point home victory against Wudinna.
Nine goals to two after half-time gave the Bombers a 15-15 (105) to 7-5 (47) win, as Simon Webb booted six goals.
An even first quarter saw the teams level at the siren, with Wirrulla edging to nine points clear by the main break.
The floodgates opened in the third term as the Bombers kicked four goals to extend the lead to 25 points by the final break.
They added five goals and kept the Magpies scoreless in the final term to secure the points.
Wirrulla’s Ryan Watson was the recipient of the Anzac Day medal.
Western Districts got a first B grade victory with a 7-11 (53) to 4-2 (26) result against Central Eyre.
Wirrulla thumped Wudinna by 139 points as it ended 23-14 (152) to 2-1 (13), while West Coast defeated Elliston on a forfeit.
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