The gravity of having the Kym Smith Cup on the line was still not enough to inspire a vastly depleted Victor Harbor when hosting Strathalbyn on Saturday.
The writing was on the wall early with Simounds asserting his dominance overhead up forward with a three goal opening term that could have easily been five.
Elliott was providing good support, as was the other tall target in Christie, who collectively outreached their younger smaller opponents in Bartlett, Vizzari and Proud.
Ross again offered some resistance from Victor with two goals and a string of hard ball gets in the opening term, while Basham and Brown did their best to spoil as many contests that they could get to.
At quarter time the Roosters were up by 12 points and it should have been more, such was their dominance.
The second term was literally a repeat of the first, with both sides doubling their scores, but for the home team this also meant that the deficit had also doubled.
The steady stream of clearances from Tucker, George and Lawson provided plenty of chances up forward for the Roosters while Wade, Stock, Fairhurst and the Dowlings were in and under for Victor. Strathalbyn led at the long break by 23 points.
James was on top in ruck for Strathalbyn against the gallant Banks. Alleway was also used to combat the tapping brilliance of the Rooster big man.
Frustration for the supporters after the long break, as the Roos, despite having the majority of the play, could not convert when inside 50, as the pressure saw many stray shots or turnovers that resulted in a lack lustre term that only yielded one goal apiece.
The defence of Strathalbyn through Dellatorre, Clark, Slattery, Wright and Walkom was impenetrable and Duffield continued to defy time with his output.
Victor Harbor’s defence was led ably by Fairhurst, Ben Bsham and Lindner and they thwarted many Rooster forward thrusts. The Roosters led at the last change by 24 points.
Coach Alleway pleaded with his charges to give their all in the last term to peg back the four goal gap, but from the outset it was all Strathalbyn in the last.
Simounds again featured as strongly as he did in the first, while the home side could barely raise any sort of defensive pressure.
A consistent four quarters from Strath never saw them troubled in their eight goal win whereas Victor have now slid out of the five.
Simounds kicked his seventh goal in the last and Clark capped off a great game along with George, Walkom, James, Lawson, Tucker, Slattery and Elliott. Victor’s best were Wade, Ross, Basham, Lindner, Nick Dowling and Fairhurst
The welcome return of eight opening line up players is all that prevent the all too familiar scenario, as in past years, when a promising start has been for nought by seasons end. But it will be tough for Victor, who don’t play at home for another month.
Under Alleway, Victor Harbor have showed a new resolve and with the youngsters gaining greater games experience, a charge for the finals is not beyond the club.
The competition is so even, it is hard to write off any game as a sure win.