Port Lincoln football
TASMAN 10.9 (69) DEF LINCOLN SOUTH 9.6 (60)
MOST pundits predicted a close game on Saturday and they ended up getting just that.
Souths, who were competitive Wayback the week before would have been better for the run and with two-time Mail Medallist Kingsley Bilney Jnr being available.
Last year's premiers Tasman embarked on their first game in nine months and without a recognised ruckman in the named side.
The first quarter had Tasman kicking with the breeze and while pushing forward on plenty of occasions were wasteful in front of goal with seven scoring shots to one, leading 2.5 (17) to 1.0 (6) at quarter time.
The second quarter was tough, hard football with Bilney, Paul White and Luke Wilkins working overtime to move the ball forward only to be repelled by the Rooster defence led by Rooster captain Jace Rodda, Nathan Frost and Matthew Crettenden.
At half time scores were Tasman 2.6 (18) to Lincoln South 2.3 (15).
The third stanza saw the game open up a bit with Stephen Crettenden, Mitchell Jude and Johann Wagner starting to find their feet.
South's Hayden Carey in ruck was having a day out against shorter opponents.
The Tasman wings in Jarred Seal and Kody Rosalia were providing a great link-up and extra pace during transition with Tasman adding five goals to three for the quarter.
The final quarter saw both sides lift their intensity and with the breeze Kadyn Bryant, Ben Shillabeer and company kicked 4.3 for Souths while Tasman kicked three goals straight to hold on to a nine-point margin at the final siren.
Best for the Roosters were Brodie White for four quarters in the middle and Jarred Seal for his great use of pace.
Other standouts were Jace Rodda, Corrie Milligan, Tyson Jenner, Stephen Crettenden for his three goals and Matthew Crettenden for his strong defence.
Best for the Eagles were Kingsley Bilney Jnr, Paul White, Luke Wilkins, Hayden Carey and Ben Shillabeer.
Tasman will be back at home next weekend as they take on top of the table Wayback in what should be another competitive match.
Meanwhile Lincoln South will return to Centenary Oval as they host Marble Range with the aim of earning their first win of the 2020 season.