Mid West stars help power WA to country football success over South Australia

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The victorious Sandgropers celebrate at Optus Stadium.
Camera IconThe victorious Sandgropers celebrate at Optus Stadium. Credit: Facebook

As the Dockers put in another poor performance at home to see their finals hopes fizzle out, there was still joy for WA footy on Saturday as WA regained the State Country Cup.

In what served as a curtain-raiser for the AFL clash, the Mid West quartet of Kim and Jayden Schofield, Rhys Waters and Jacob Green helped WA gain revenge for last year’s loss with a 15.8 (98) to 8.5 (53) win.

Jayden and Kim Schofield with the cup
Camera IconJayden and Kim Schofield with the cup Credit: Facebook

In an electrifying clash at Optus Stadium, the New Holland WA Country Football Team put on a spectacular display of attacking prowess, scoring an impressive nine goals in the first half against a slow-starting South Australia.

The Sandgropers were all over the Croweaters with SA managing just one goal in the second quarter to trail by more than 35 points at half-time.

After the half-time break, South Australia rallied and came out firing in the third quarter the first four goals of the third quarter as they threatened a comeback.

But WA steadied to get the lead back out to 29 points by the final quarter and would dominate the remainder of the clash to take a big win.

Entering the last quarter with a comfortable buffer, the New Holland WA Country Football Team knew they couldn’t afford to be complacent.

Rhys Waters (Jurien Bay) showcased his scoring prowess with two goals as Jacob Green (Cervantes) had one while the Schofield brothers got their work done in the midfield and across half-back.

GNFL umpire Noah Bennet was also part of the Mid West contingent on the field with the young official asked to help umpire the clash.

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