SA Country loses to WA Country by nine points

EASTERNERS: Ryley Maitland and Sid Masters played in the SA Country side last weekend. Photo: supplied

EASTERNERS: Ryley Maitland and Sid Masters played in the SA Country side last weekend. Photo: supplied

SA Country fell short against WA Country at Optus Stadium in Perth on Saturday but showcased some great individual performances, including from Ports' Sid Masters at full forward.

Eastern Eyre was represented by Masters and Kimba Districts' Ryley Maitland, who played alongside fellow Eyre Peninsula footballers Jackson Murphy, Xavier Watson, Jaxen Norton and Jordan Hind from Great Flinders.

WA got a big start with the first four goals of the game before SA kicked two to trail by two goals at the first break.

The home side piled on five goals to two to stretch their lead to 27 points at half time before SA fought back.

SA kicked four goals in the third quarter and were within two points but a 50 metre penalty for WA gave them a certain goal to lead by eight points at the final break.

Each team scored three goals in the final quarter as WA held on to score the nine-point win, defeating SA 13-5 (83) to 11-8 (74).

Masters was equal top scorer for SA Country with three goals, alongside Barossa, Light and Gawler footballer Leigh Ryswyk.

Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara footballer Scott Merrett received the Barry Stringer Medal as SA Country's best player.

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