Wirrulla got the Mid West football finals underway with a 39-point semi final success against Central Eyre on Saturday.
The match at Minnipa edged Wirrulla’s way thanks to powerful second and third quarter displays as the match ended 12-10 (82) to 6-7 (43).
Robert Marshall was the chief destroyer in the forward line as he booted four goals for the Bombers, while Jake Adamson-Thain and Simon Webb added two apiece.
Wade O’Brien and Ryan Sampson led with two goals for the Bulldogs.
With the loser waving goodbye to season 2018 there was plenty on the line and it showed in the first term as both sides could manage only a solitary goal.
Central Eyre led by a point at quarter-time and added only one goal in the second term as Wirrulla pulled away thanks to four majors.
A 21-point margin at half-time became 45 by three-quarter time as Central Eyre were powerless to stop five goals going through.
The Bulldogs had the better of the final quarter with three goals to Wirrulla’s two, yet the deficit was too great to reel in.
Ryan Watson and Mitchell Gum were among the best for the Bombers, as Central Eyre’s Jesse Stringer and Jared Sampson played their part.
The finals continue this Saturday when West Coast and Elliston meet at Wudinna with a spot in the grand final up for grabs, while the loser faces Wirrulla.
West Coast got the better of Western Districts by to win by 23 points in the B grade.
In a low-scoring match the Hawks were helped by three goals in the third term in an 8-8 (56) to 4-9 (33) result.
Western Districts went scoreless in the opening quarter as West Coast led by 14 points, although the lead was pegged back to five by half-time as Districts worked their way into the contest.
The Tigers could not continue that momentum after the main break as they were outscored three goals to one to take the margin out to 17 points.
West Coast added two more goals in the final quarter to snuff out any hope of a comeback and advance to the preliminary final.
Damien Johnson was West Coast’s best on ground, with Angus Gunn in form for the Tigers.
The Hawks were led by two goals from Tyson Squire as Western Districts’ Kade Gill booted three.
Wirrulla and Elliston meet in the second semi final this Saturday.
Wirrulla thrashed Wudinna by 105 points in the colts match.
The Bombers were rampant in the 17-19 (121) to 2-4 (16) result.
Wudinna were kept goalless until the final quarter, while only inaccurate Wirrulla kicking denied them an even greater margin of victory.
Mackenzie Best and Harley Olsen kicked five goals apiece, while Harrison Hammat was one of the best on ground for the Bombers.
Wudinna could look to Riley Martin.
This weekend sees West Coast take on Elliston.
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