Ramblers 6-7 (43) def by United Yeelanna 15-14 (104)
While both teams were a few short of their best this still promised to be a good game.
Ramblers had a terrible start losing Jake Skinner to a serious knee injury and George Pedler to a rib injury, so they were down to 19 early on.
The pressure was evident early and the backlines were on top.
Daniel Havelberg was causing trouble up forward and was on the end of a good pass to open the Eagles' scoring. Ethan Langley got the D grade netballers cheering with a clever one for Ramblers.
Aaron Watson and Brayden Martin were getting plenty of the ball for Yeelanna, as was Will Haarsma and Jed Forster for Ramblers.
Yeelanna held a five-point lead at the first break.
Eagles slowly increased the tempo in the second quarter led by Mitch Jolly, who was ruthless at the ball and the opposition.
The four Crettenden boys led by Jack in defence were controlling the ball so Havelberg and Luke Howie could lead into space and kick goals for Eagles. They added five to Ramblers' two for the quarter.
Ramblers were not far off the pace but Yeelanna were too clinical with their ball use going forward and it was hurting the Pies.
Yeelanna took a 27 point lead at the long break.
Tysan Mickan returned to the back lines and Logan Dennis went to the goals for Ramblers and they looked better, but they still could not find a way to goal.
Yeelanna, led by Havelberg, were converting at will and took the lead to 50 points at the last break.
The big man was leading well and the delivery from the Yeelanna engine room was first class.
Bryce Breed, Xavier Watson and Casey Carr were winning the contested clearances and it was just a matter of time before they blew the game away from Ramblers.
It was only their inaccuracy in front of goal that kept the margin slightly respectable.
Jared Hall was having a good battle against Jaxon Norton and Zac Glover from Yeelanna. The Yeelanna big men were also doing plenty around the ground to give their runners opportunities.
With one quarter left for Ramblers to claw back the margin they were keen to respond.
But it was the big man again who goaled for the Eagles to take his tally to nine for the day and Howie chipped in to take his to four goals.
The game lost its zing by the 15 minute mark as Yeelanna went through the motions and Ramblers were keen for the pain to end.
It was a big friendly fire crunch from Michael Crettenden on his team mate and brother Matt that settled who had the night shift on the tractor that got the bar crowd talking.
Jack Haarsma was in and under all day from Ramblers and James Pedler was a focal point up forward.
Wade Starke and Micky Franklin were rarely beaten in defence and Isaac Hall did a great job at half back, but Yeelanna had too many avenues to goal.
Mitch Jolly was outstanding and led the way for Eagles, Daniel Havelberg with nine goals and Jack Crettenden in defence were good for the whole game. Aaron Watson and Aaron Lawrie were both in their best also.
Scribe votes: Mitch Jolly 3, Daniel Havelberg 2, Jack Crettenden 1.
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.