Lock Roos earn retribution

Lock's Kane Tiller.

Lock's Kane Tiller.

Lock Roos sought and gained retribution for their previous 40 second home game loss to the reigning premiers through four committed quarters of contested football.

A strong westerly played havoc with scoring accuracy despite it having a small impact on ground level accuracy.

Both sides were keen to get their hands on the ball with Lock gaining the upper hand despite three points and two missed scores.

L Brown, M Glover, Siebert and Morton had started in top gear and didn’t slip all day.

Tiller and Kelly were defending cleanly with Arbon on top of Pedler.    

At the sixteen and eighteen minute mark the Roos jagged a double header with a clean slate still for Ramblers.  

Eventually Pedler managed to find Bilney on a lead with the wind to his back to bring up a major.

The next five minutes locked the ball into Ramblers forward line for a two point reward giving the Roos a seven point lead at the first break.

The second quarter belonged solely to the Roos as they held their opposition scoreless.

They dictated the terms of the quarter through Glover having a boomer on the wing, Morton, Sellen and L Brown running through the middle and L Heath, Wright and Arbon providing attack from defence.

Despite their clean possession football, lack of accuracy from the Roos did not provide pressure on the score board and they were ahead by only 19 points at the long break.

As was expected a tighter Ramblers outfit came out for the second half. Ford and Richards got them off to a good start with majors.

Both sides wanted the ball with desperation with good fast flowing football the result.

Northcott was able to get the ball to Pearson on the lead who kicked the only Roo goal for the quarter.

Hall, Mickan, Rule and Franklin had really lifted with Dennis a focus for the black and whites.

They had double the forward entries to the Roos and looked good.

The Arbon and Wright defence was brilliant with Sellen making his presence felt.

Dennis added another major amongst points and with a goal after the siren there was a single point in the game at the final change.

Could the Roos play four consistent quarters or would Ramblers wear them down as they had in the past?

The final quarter was a spectacle of what Aussie rules is all about.

The speedy Sellen found the big sticks for the Roos, with a Rambler response of a minor.

The young brigade of L Brown, Glover and Wright were unstoppable supported by the experienced heads of Morton, Kay and Arbon.

Another goal to the Roos with still six minutes to go was real pressure.

Ramblers were able to manage a point as the Roo defence reasserted itself to ensure a nine-points win.

Photo by Meryl Weetra.