Lock Roos rally first A grade win

Lock 12-11 (83) def Eyre United 1-9 (15)

In a much anticipated clash both teams were eager to try and get a win under their belt.

The first quarter played out with plenty of nervous energy, the two teams going at each other in scrappy football.

The tackle count was through the roof, and both teams were struggling to hit the scoreboard.

The first quarter was played through the midfield.

Guy Morton was in his element applying physical pressure and dishing the ball out to his teammates Brett Northcott and Brown.

For Eyre United Lachy Gale, ruckman Tom Forrest and the evergreen Jordy Telfer were providing their team with opportunities leading from the front.

The scoring was tight with Lock holding a slender lead with the only goal for the term.

The second quarter was completely different with Lock settling any nerves to play free flowing, team oriented football.

The Roos got the jump on the Saints early and did not look back, piling on six goals for the quarter.

It felt like something clicked for the Roos. Their teamwork and confidence was growing as the quarter went on, the use of handballs and skill efficiency was on full display, and the supporters were loving it.

At half time Lock 7-3 (45) led Eyre United 0-4 (4).

After the long break it was more of the same - Lock dominating proceedings.

Eyre United showed flashes of competitiveness through the work of Tynan Hill and Mullan but overall found it hard to slow the Roos.

Brett Northcott was having the game of his life, racking up possessions at will.

Macaulay Glover was also starting to catch fire, and showed class in his use of the ball, and as always Morton, the Browns and Kellys were crashing packs and making sure Roos had first use.

At three quarter time Lock led 9-5 (59) to 0-6 (6).

The Saints showed great determination not to roll over and made sure they played to the final siren.

It made for an enjoyable game for the spectators and near the end of the game they were rewarded for their continued effort, being gifted a goal by a minor brain fade by Lock.

Lachy Gale accepted the free kick and kicked truly from about 30m out to give the Saints their first goal.

Lock added three more goals (and six behinds) to the score.

It was a dominant display in teamwork and skill by the Roos, which hopefully can kick-start their season.

Lock's defence, led by Brown, Heath and Kane Tiller, was resilient all day.

With the return of Justin 'Junkyard' Beard from his accident a year ago, the victory will taste extra satisfying.

It was amazing seeing the hard work Justin has put into his recovery to get back out on the footy field so quickly, and the Lock community gave him a rousing show of support at the end of the game.

Best: Lock: B. Northcott, G. Morton, M. Glover, Crosby, Heath, Tiller; Saints: J. Telfer, H. Breen, M. Webb.