The perfect and unseasonably warm conditions did not make the scoring any easier in a hard fought opening term when Victor Harbor hosted Yankalilla on Saturday.
Yankalilla have found plenty of steel in 2019 and came to Victor Harbor intent on victory. Davey had an early one for the home side, but he was very closely checked by Kay all day and held to a three goal personal tally.
The Tigers were revelling in the width of the Victor Harbor oval with work rate, run and spread, but could not translate it into goals, apart from a solo effort from Jelinek.
Jelinek and Kelly were consistent targets for the Tiger runners and had to stand up even more after losing young champ Jesse Fitzgerald.
Victor also found it hard to score and were wasteful when going forward. The Roos went for the wrong option when entering their forward 50 and the Tigers would enjoy the rebound.
The work of Yeomans, Weetra, Connors and Williams through the middle, opened up some breathing space for the Roos, who slotted three quick goals to open the second quarter from Sam Basham, Wade and Ross.
Whittlesea in ruck provided clearances for his runners James, Fisher, Wilson and Gotch, but the frugal defence of Lang, Ben Basham, Dowling and Bartlett restricted the visitors to two points for the term.
The Tigers only had one goal for the half and were down by 31 points at half time.
The Roos enjoyed their best quarter after the long break, while Yankalilla added two more through Sidebottom.
Victor shared around the scoring through Alleway, Hewett, Yeomans, Williams and Sam Basham. The wasted opportunities from both sides when inside 50 continued, but by now the margin had stretched out to over eight straight kicks at the final change of ends.
Jelinek was again among the goals for Yank in the last when on the end of an Edwards intercept and again with another turnover from the backline work of Durdin.
Fisher added a third for the term when pouncing on a spilled mark in the forward line, before Victor steadied with three of their own in an ugly, but evenly contested fourth quarter.
The final siren sounded with Victor doing enough to win by 51 points. Best for the Roos were Nick Dowling, Alleway, Yeomans, Ben Basham, Weetra and Connors.
Best for the Tigers were Kay and Durdin in defence, Gotch, Kelly, Sidebottom and Edwards.