Western United reach Western Eyre A grade grand final after 60-point triumph

Western United will have a shot at glory after defeating the Blues by 60 points in the Western Eyre A grade football preliminary final at Penong on Saturday.

The Blues raced clear with a fine first quarter display before the Tigers hit back to win 14.14 (98) to 5.8 (38).

The match - and the season - had to be postponed by a week due to the COVID-19 scare in the region.

By quarter-time of the big match it looked as if the Blues were cruising, as after Jay Polkinghorne's opener inside a minute for Westies they piled on four consecutive majors - including two for Brendan Kloeden - for a lead of 18 points.

From there Western United flipped the switch and the Blues would add only one more goal for the match.

It was all Westies in the second quarter and in a dominant display in which they were defensively solid and carried the ball well through midfield, they kicked six unanswered goals.

Tyler Dunn got in on the act with two of the six as the Tigers had turned it around for a lead of 22 points at half-time.

The game continued in much the same manner after the main break, although the Blues did keep it tighter.

Nonetheless, Western United added another three goals before Tjerayh Coleman pulled one back as the margin rose to 33 points by three-quarter time.

The Blues needed to rediscover their form of the first quarter to have any chance of a grand final appearance, but Jake Warmington's goal inside five minutes ended their hopes.

Westies produced another three goals for what turned out to be a commanding victory.

Polkinghorne led the way with four majors and had assistance from Dunn, Tom Woods and Corey Miller with two apiece.

Kloeden and Coleman kicked two goals each for the Blues.

The result sets up a fascinating grand final at Ceduna this Saturday between West Coast Hawks and the Tigers - a clash between this season's top two sides, and the winners of both the Mid West and Far West premierships in 2019.

In the B grade, Wirrulla will contest the grand final following a 29-point win against Koonibba.

Craig Johnson booted three goals in the Bombers' 8.13 (61) to 5.2 (32) success.

Wirrulla will face the Hawks in this weekend's decider.



Western United 17.7 (109) - 0.6 (6) Thevenard


Koonibba 9.6 (60) - 4.2 (26) Blues