Wudinna United moves clear in fourth after 12-point win against Wirrulla

Wudinna United held on in the final quarter to secure a Mid West football A grade win against Wirrulla on Saturday.

The Magpies failed to kick a goal in the final term, but did enough to win by 12 points as the match finished 11-8 (74) to 10-2 (62).

Wudinna travelled to Wirrulla Oval a point ahead of the Bombers in fourth and started the match well to kick five goals in the opening term for a 20-point lead at the siren.

The teams matched each other well in the second term yet when they came off the field for half-time the Magpies had stretched the gap to 27.

The Bombers shaded the third term with three goals to two which reduced the deficit to 22 points and they carried that momentum through to the fourth quarter although could not make it count on the scoreboard.

Wirrulla kicked the only two goals of the term, but fell short of a comeback to give Wudinna breathing space in fourth place.

Simon Webb continued his fine goalkicking form as he booted six for the Bombers, while Wudinna's Heath Zwar and Jeffrey Hutt kicked three apiece.

Elsewhere, Central Eyre climbed to second spot with a 33-point victory against Western Districts.

The Bulldogs led throughout the day to triumph 9-9 (63) to 4-6 (30).

Ty McKenna mastered the conditions to kick three goals, while Kane Sampson added two and Tigers player Stephen Mudge kicked two goals.

Only two goals were kicked in the opening term as Central Eyre led by two points, but that widened to 14 at half-time after Districts could add just three behinds.

Two goals apiece in the third term meant the margin stayed at 14 points and an impressive final quarter saw the Bulldogs home.

They kicked four goals to Western Districts' one to leapfrog the Tigers for second position.

Leaders West Coast had another comfortable day at the office with a 148-point mauling of Elliston.

The reigning premiers could manage only one goal in each half as the match ended 23-22 (160) to 2-0 (12).

The Hawks signalled their intentions from the opening siren with 10 scoring shots to one in the first term and a 29-point advantage.

They kicked six goals and a further seven behinds once play resumed as Elliston failed to trouble the scorers, for an unassailable 72-point lead at half-time.

The Roosters kicked their second goal of the match in the third term, however West Coast booted six majors in each of the final two quarters for yet another commanding victory.

Zakeriah Lovegrove, Jake McEvoy and Braden Holmes each helped themselves to five-goal hauls.

In the B grade, Darryl Marshall was in fine form to lead Wudinna United to a 6-4 (40) to 1-2 (8) win against Wirrulla.

The Bombers kicked their lone goal in the second term, although trailed by only 12 points at the main break.

Three goals to no score in the third term saw Wudinna home, as Marshall kicked five of the Magpies' six goals.

A big second half helped Central Eyre to victory against Western Districts by 37 points.

The Bulldogs booted the only three goals of the first term, but the hosts reduced the deficit at half-time to a goal.

Central Eyre regained the momentum in the third term with three goals and added another trio in the fourth to win 9-7 (61) to 3-6 (24).

West Coast had little trouble in disposing of Elliston 15-11 (101) to 3-2 (20).

Tyson Squire led the way with five goals in the 81-point success.

Four goals to one in the opening term gave the Hawks a buffer which they built upon until three-quarter time.

West Coast finished strongly with seven goals in the fourth quarter to record the big win.

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