A match-winning six goal haul from Rooster full forward Scott Collison helped set up an unexpected 20 point victory over a more-fancied South Whyalla at Memorial Oval.
The Roosters, kicking against a stiff 4-5 goal breeze favouring the War Memorial gates end, charged out of the blocks to boot the opening 2 goals of the game through opportunist forwards Isacc Chinnery and Josh Byrne.
The Demons looked flat and were allowing gun Rooster midfielder Marco Tansell way too much space around the stoppages and it was hurting them.
Slowly but surely, the Dees started to work their way into the game mainly due to the work ethic of centreman Dave Cleary which resulted in a run of four unanswered goals to give them an 11 point lead at quarter time.
The Roosters with the aid of the breeze set about reeling in the Demon lead and had instant results thanks to Scott Collison, Collison grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck kicking 3 of the first four goals of the term to give the Roosters a handy lead.
Collison was looking unstoppable in the goal square as the alarm bells started to ring for the flat footed Demons.
With the game slowly slipping away the Demon midfield leaders Cleary, Ahmat- Watkins and Howard- Bristow lifted there work rate and with Luke Schubert offering an avenue to goal the Demon hit back hard to trail by the solitary point at the main break.
With the game in the balance and kicking into the breeze the young exuberant Roosters gave themselves every chance possible of pulling off an unexpected victory with 3 goals to the Demons five to trail by 14 points at the last change.
The Demons at times looked like busting the game open but the Roosters could smell blood in the air and they opened the final term in devastating fashion, Josh Byrne with 2 goals already to his name kicked 3 goals on end making it 5 for the game giving his side the lead and it was all smooth sailing from there on in as they ran away to a well deserved 20 point victory.
Best for the Roosters and best afield was Marco Tansell. if he wasn’t winning the ball around the stoppages he was intercepting the Demons forward entries, Scott Collison’s six goals was probably the difference between the two sides at the end of the day, Brendan Schwenke was lively, Even know he wasn’t at his best Clifford Pickhaver- Tupe was still dangerous and Josh Byrne from limited possessions kicked 5 valuable goals.
Once again Dave Cleary was the Demons best his ability to read the play and rack up possessions was exceptional, Peter Eades was solid in defence and played his best game for the club, Luke Schubert provided an avenue to goal booting 4 majors from centre-half-forward and Nathan Ahmat- Watkins was serviceable on ball and up forward.