Great Flinders football
Ramblers 17-12 (114) def Lock 4-3 (27)
WITH top four positions still up for grabs Ramblers were keen to get the points.
Lock opened up well with some determined work in the midfield from Guy Morton and around the packs from Macaulay Glover, but it was Ramblers who were hitting the scoreboard with goals to George Pedler, Jeb Nettle and two in five minutes to Ethan Langley, who was having a stellar first quarter.
Billy and Levi Brown were getting plenty of the ball for the Roos but were unable to capitalise up forward, mainly due Ramblers' full back Logan Dennis' discipline.
Ramblers led by 24 points at the first break.
Ramblers continued to hit the scoreboard in the second, with goals to James Richardson, after a great pass from colt and first game player Toby Modra. Two quick goals to James Pedler and Will Haarsma in the square stretched the lead to 50 points, before Lock's Brett Northcott converted to give them some momentum at half time.
Andrew Heath was marking and rebounding well for Lock and Magpie Jack Haarsma continued his typical in and under season, to give his runners the ball out of the packs. Ramblers were seven goals up at the break.
The third quarter belonged to Ramblers. Jeb Nettle found space and goaled three times. Fergus Slape and Jared Hall were having a great battle in the ruck and Slape kept Lock in the hunt with some good grabs.
Roos' Andrew Heath and Sam Pearce were finding plenty of the ball but pressure from Harry Ford and Liam Sampson saw the Magpies continue to send it back forward, racing to a 14-goal lead at the last break.
The last quarter was a formality. Nettle bagged two more to take his tally to six.
Lock had a much better effort, with a clever goal to Ty Habner, after a good mark and two nice ones on the run from Harrison Wright and Tim Boehm.
Henry Treloar and Jed Forster's pace was a positive for Ramblers and Logan Dennis was solid all day. Brett Northcott and Guy Morton kept trying all game for Lock but the damage was done, Ramblers eventually winning by 15 goals, putting them second on percentage.
Best: Ramblers: Jack Haarsma, Harry Ford, Liam Sampson and Jeb Nettle; Lock: Andrew Heath, Sam Pearce and Guy Morton. Times scribe: 3 - Jack Haarsma, 2 - Liam Sampson, 1 - Harry Ford.