It was one of the great games of the year, but was unfortunately marred with one minute forty seconds left on the clock, when Victor Harbor's Lachlan Hartshorne and Strathalbyn's Cooper Machin committed themselves for the ball and had a sickening collision.
With Victor Harbor 11 points up, the match was ended as the ambulance was called to treat Hartshorne.
The commitment of both payers epitomised the attack on the ball for the four quarters by both teams. The match ebbed and flowed, but inaccuracy early, cost the Roosters, but by half time they were up by 19 points.
Price and Simounds were on top for Strathalbyn.
The bravery of Hartshorne, Zac Dowling and Bartram was holding the Roos together and in the third term it paid dividends.
Victor Harbor kicked 6-1 to Strathalbyn's 3-1 and the Rooster lead was cut to a point at the last change.
Davey, Sam Basham, Wade and Ross all stood up for Victor Harbor and the Roos grabbed the lead and looked like taking the match.
But the Roosters had other ideas with Tucker, Luckett and O'Grady driving the ball forward and Simounds single-handedly wanted to get his team home.
Strath were coming, but time was the enemy and when the siren had to sound prematurely they were 11 points in arrears.
Best for Strathalbyn were Simounds with five goals, Price with four and Tucker, O'Grady, Luckett, Machin and Coulter played well.
For Victor, there were none better than Davey with seven goals and Yeomans, Dowling, Hartshorne, Wade and Bartram played well. The game had it all.