Country WA beaten in a nailbiter
Katanning’s Josh Bootsma and Wickepin’s Dylan Ross represented the UGSFL in WA’s Country side, which took on its South Australian counterparts at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
In the match played as a curtain- raiser to the AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Melbourne Demons, South Australia Country finished victors for the fifth time in six years — holding on to win 10.12 (72) to 10.7 (67).
SA took the initiative early, leading 3.4 (22) to 2.2 (14) at quartertime.
WA took control of the second term, kicking four goals to SA’s one, with the scoreboard reading 6.2 (38) to 4.7 (31) in favour of the visitors at half-time.
Momentum swung back in favour of the Croweaters in the third term, as they kicked 3.2 goals to WA’s two points, finishing the quarter in front 7.12 (54) to 6.5 (41).
And although WA piled on four goals in the final term, it wasn’t enough to secure their second win in row against SA’s country side.
Rory O’Brien kicked three for WA, while South Mandurah’s Brad Holmes and South Bunbury’s Leigh Kohlmann both kicked two.
O’Brien, Quairading’s Matthew Outridge, HBL’s Jesse Crinchton and Mitchell Andrews, South Man- durah’s Andrew Haydon and Dampier’s Guy Langdon were named WA’s best.
The Avon Football Association was the most-represented league, with six players in the side.
The South West Football league and Peel Football and Netball League had five and four players respectively.
The WA Country team at Adelaide Oval.