With an explosive five-goal second quarter, Barossa District broke open its BL&GFA clash with South Gawler at Lyndoch, on the way to a 50-point victory.
The first quarter saw both sides test each other, as proceedings started fairly fumbly, with goals hard to come by before the floodgates opened and they traded majors, with the Lions holding a 4-2 to 4-1 lead at the first change.
But then the Bulldogs took control with the only five goals of the second term, Barossa coach Roger James striking a purple patch with four majors, which at the end of the day proved the main difference between the sides.
Ross Christie was starting to get on top in ruck for the home team against a taller opponent in South’s Mark Paget, as the Bulldogs gritty on-ball brigade, led by the Stelzer twins Matt and Paul, and tough-as-nails Michael Taylor.
With momentum on its side, Barossa forged further ahead in the third term to lead by 38 points, with an incredible accuracy rate of 13 goals and only two points - to 6-6. But blotted its copybook with a return of 3-7 in the final stanza.
“In the second term they started getting first use at the stoppages and moved the ball quickly forward, where Roger (James) carved us up,” South coach Scott Lee said.
“We started to work harder but their movement forward proved too good, as they were too quick and continued to get their hands on the ball first. We were exposed by their speed and workrate and were shown up by a quality side.”
Matt Foldesdy was the Lions’ best, starting in the backlines before going into the middle to lift his side, while Jackson Dare did a good job on the dangerous Heath Commane, conceding four goals, although a couple were in junk time.
Youngster Daniel Goulding did a solid job putting pressure through the forward area and when in the midfield, while Anton Gerardis worked hard for his four goals and Chris Musolino was conspicuous in his first game with the club.
“The Stelzer boys were awesome all game with their in-and-under efforts, while they don’t get much tougher than ‘Scrubber’ (Taylor), and Christie was great in ruck all game,” James said.
“Lyndoch Oval is a good place to play footy, and the ground held up well. We are still waiting for the league’s decision on its suitability for this year’s grand final, but I cannot see why not, there is plenty of time to get it perfect for the big game.”
Barossa host its second consecutive game at Lyndoch this Saturday when Angaston open its season after a first round bye, while South Gawler will travel across the river in a local derby against Willaston.
“We need to improve in several areas and be more accountable around the stoppages against Willaston,” Lee said. “We need to be cleaner with our hands and use of the ball.”
James may have a few injury concerns leading into the Angaston game, with James Angus doing a hamstring early last Saturday, and will be out for a few weeks, while Adam Spencer could be missing for up to six weeks after hurting his knee in the third term.