Victor Harbor won the toss and kicked with a three goal breeze to the northern end for a clash where both sides needed a win to keep their finals hopes alive.
The Roos spent much of the quarter peppering the goals and if not for their inaccurate kicking would have set up a handy lead, where as the Mudlarks went forward rarely, but converted well to be in touch at quarter time.
Victor Harbor were 3-6 to Myponga/Sellicks 3-0 at the end of the first term.
Alleway at centre half forward was a focal point for the Roos taking marks and bringing others into the game.
The Mudlarks turned the tables in the second quarter with the speed of Stone picking up possessions up forward feeding Hill who kicked two goals and Ogilvie one for the quarter.
But just when the Mudlarks thought they would go in with a 20 point lead at half time, the Roo’s hit back with two goals in time on to go in at the long break, just nine points down.
The breeze dropped out in the second half and the Roo midfield started to get on top.
Ross up forward started to become prominent and along with Alleway and Connors started to do damage on the scoreboard.
Carroll worked hard around the stoppages for the Mudlarks, but again late in the quarter the Roos kicked the last three goals to put them out to a 32 point lead at three quarter time.
Any chance of the Mudlarks coming back was snuffed out early in the last quarter as Ross kicked the first five goals of the quarter and later took his tally to ten for the day.
The Roos midfield was well on top and feeding the forwards as they added nine goals for the quarter and 18 for the half.
The height and marking ability of the Victor Harbor forwards was too much for the shorter Mudlark opponents, as they ran out comfortable winners and keep their final hopes alive in 2018.
McKay was brilliant for the Roos and he gave silver service to the Victor Harbor onballers and Hartshorne gave so much drive with his great left foot kicking, which Alleway and in particular Ross enjoyed as it gave them one on one if the Roos’ forward fifty.
It was a full team effort for Victor in the second half with their leaders standing tall when it was needed.
Connors was slippery all day for Victor Harbor and Proud was courageous as ever when the football was there to be won.
For the Mudlarks, they would be disappointed with their last half fade out.
Stone is a huge talent and will be a player to keep an eye on well into the future and the usual suspects who keep giving for the club when required such as Carroll, Allen and Ogilvie all played to their top standard.
Flintham was another Myponga/Sellicks player who performed well and did not stop trying when the Roo machine was at full tilt.
Both teams still have a glimmer of hope of making the finals in 2018 with seven rounds to go, but will need a lot to go right and not drop any games on the run home.
Myponga/Sellicks are a game plus percentage outside the five and Victor Harbor are a game and a half outside the five.
The draw which Victor had was against Langhorne Creek and takes percentage out of their pursuit for a finals position. It looks for a great and interesting run home over the final seven weeks of the minor round.
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