The Roosters have been languishing in the lower rungs of the Great Southern Football League ladder after five rounds of the season and were becoming in danger of losing touch of the top five.
That all changed on Saturday with the Roosters playing to their ability and defeating Mount Compass, who had previously been undefeated and sitting on top of the premiership table. A new look and fired up Strathalbyn showed what they are capable of and will now realise that on their day, they can beat anyone in the competition.
It was a tough game for three quarters, as neither team gave an inch and it was not until the last term that the Roosters hit the turbo button and blew the Dogs away.
It was ironic as the last quarters have been owned by Mount Compass in 2019, while the Roosters have struggled to run games out and earning criticism for a lack of fitness. It has all changed now and all nine teams know that the Dogs are vulnerable and can be beaten.
The reputation of invincibility of Mount Compass grew in round five when they were 41 points down at three quarter time against Encounter Bay and steamrolled home to win by four points. However, Starthalbyn did not care about reputations and set about on Saturday to build their own and by the end of four quarters against the best the league can offer they rose triumphant, winning by 21 points.
The first quarter was tough football with the Elliott boys flying the red and white flag and Slattery being uncompromising. Hoban was his usual dominating self for the Dogs and Hunter and Tom Vitkunas were giving their team plenty of drive.
At quarter time the scores were Mount Compass 3-2 to Strathalbyn 2-4. In the second quarter the game went up a notch and it was obvious the Roosters were up for the challenge. Just before half time Strathalbyn hit the front and led by 10 points at the long break.
Mount Compass raised the tempo in the third, booting 6-5 to Strathalbyn's 4-1 and with a lead of six points at three quarter time, most thought it would be a run away win for the Dogs and the Roosters would fall away.
Fall away they did not. Strathalbyn were brilliant with pressure being mounted to Compass players all over the ground. The move of Pegler forward and working with Marc Elliott was a revelation by coach Price, who was very effective himself around the goals.
The Roosters kicked 6-6 to Compass' 2-3 to give the club a big win it desperately needed. McNamara, Slattery, Clamp, Luckett and Wright were superb for Strath and complemented the ball winning abilities of Marc Elliott (five goals), Pegler (four goals) and Price (three goals). Final score was Strathalbyn 17-15 to Mount Compass 14-12.
Best for Compass were Pinyon with six goals, Ziggy and Tom Vitkunas, Tom Corbett and captain Hunter.
McLaren win by 108 points
McLaren proved too strong for Myponga/Sellicks on Saturday, winning every quarter and coming home with the points and a percentage boost.
Wakefield booted eight goals and Jimmy Mathews kicked four goals, as McLaren led by 17 points at quarter time, 57 points at half time, 70 points at three quarter time and won the game by 108 points at the final siren.
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