The WA Country Football League lost their State clash with South Australia despite a strong final-term comeback at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday. Ongerup Football Association’s Fraser House, Luke Bairstow and Lewis Davis, along with Upper Great Southern Football League trio Justin Joyce, Simon Panizza and Callum Garcia were part of the WA Country side. WA started slowly as South Australia led by 18 points at quarter-time and kicked four goals to one in the second term to stretch the margin to 36 points. The third term was a see-sawing affair but South Australia managed two more majors and held WA to one at the other end, holding a 41-point advantage at three-quarter-time. A determined WA side fought back strongly in the final term but ran out of time, kicking four goals to one to win the quarter but going down by 27 points. Davis kicked a goal and Great Southern Football League star Matt Palfrey also booted a major but SA proved too strong, winning 10.8 (68) to 6.5 (41). WA coach Kane Benson admits his sides slow start was costly away from home. “After a slow start the whole team worked its way back into the match,” he said. “In my mind, the slow start probably cost us the game as we had all the play in our front half for the first 10 minutes but didn’t get any reward on the scoreboard. “We finished the match well, and overall, I was extremely proud that the group never gave up.” Kalannie ball-winner Daniel Acres won the Terry House Medal as WA’s best player in the defeat. “Daniel was terrific and deserved to be recognised for his outstanding performance,” Benson said. “Jake Nuich, Cam Symonds, Justin Joyce, Fraser House and Callum Garcia were also prominent and can be proud of their efforts. “As it often the case with State Country matches, the players had little time to build chemistry before taking on the South Australians. “As a group which was only able to train once we arrived in Adelaide for 45 minutes, I thought they worked very well together. “Synergy between the players improved as the game went on and the boys are keen to play together again if the opportunity arises.” The State clash was played before the AFL game between Adelaide and Carlton.