In sunny but wintery conditions the first term started with Meningie going with the tricky breeze towards the netball courts end.
The first 10 minutes fluctuated between each forward line with good pace and intensity.
Both sides had chances to get goals on the board but it was Myles Warmington that finally got the goals rolling with a clever running snap in the pocket.
Ramblers then hit their straps with Clint Walker starting off consecutive goals for the Reds.
A dubious decision to Free kick Fenton and even more dubious 50 metre penalty set up their second goal, with Green rounding out the quarter with a goal of his on for the Bears to have them five points up at quarter time over the Roosters.
The second term cranked up even more, both sides were ripping in and the contest was hot.
For the Bears Green was lively every time he was around the ball and Liam Rigney was getting plenty of it while Patty O'Niel was using his pace to get it forward, usually after a strong mark for Tyson Matthews in defence to get the ball rolling out of defence.
But it was was two late goals to Meningie late in the quarter that had the bears leading 8.4 to 6.6 at Half time.
Ramblers came busting out the gate in the third quarter with them edging ahead half way through the quarter but the bears hit back with the next four majors with Myles' leading the way finding plenty of the footy and slotting a nice goal from 50m from the scoreboard pocket and Nelson with a nice snap out of the ruck.
At three quarter time the bears were ahead by 21 points as the Roosters seemed to have taken the foot off slightly at the end of the quarter.
The fourth term saw Ramblers needing to come home strong and there was hope when Walker nailed his set shot from long range.
But from there the Bears got away from the Red's with another nice goal to BOG Warmington, Nelson plucking some strong marks and kicking a couple and again another free kick to Fenton and 50m penalty to Fenton.
In the end it was Meningie by 35 points to go equal top of the ladder.
Bears for the Bears was Warmington, L. Rigney and Green. Whilst for Ramblers it was O'Neil, Matthews and Theile.
TAILEM V MANNUM
Mannums’ sheer class eventually proved to be too much for Tailem Bend to overcome as the Roos cruised to a 48-point win at the Eagles home ground on Saturday.
Inspired by Jake Bowen and Gene Robinson, the Roos punished a vapid Eagles side.
The Roos simply handled the conditions better and punished Tailem for its errors.
The home sides game was littered with appallingly clumsy turnovers and they had no answer for whatever the Mannum side chose to do.
And, after the first quarter the visitors had ample time to choose the best option time and time again.
The first quarter saw the visitors kicking with a strong breeze, but it was the Eagles who jumped out of the blocks and posted the first three majors before Mannum would score their first at the fifteen minute mark.
Scott Welsh was standing tall for Tailem, whilst Bowen defending resolutely for the visitors.
Both sides turned the ball over with monotonous regularity; however, neither side could capitalise on the others’ mistakes.
The home side would have been pleased with their first quarter, but unfortunately for them and their supporters they could not post a single goal in the second quarter.
The Eagles offensive transition, so eye catching in the first quarter, ran head first into footys’ equivalent of the great wall of China.
Except, this wall didn’t stay still, it squeezed and it squeezed, like a machine on repeat.
The pressure initially forced Tailem into mistakes and, as the most relentless pressure does, it then made the Eagles’ victims of the implied variety.
With the irrepressible Bowen showing his class, run and sure ball handling, cracks were beginning to appear in the home sides defence.
Robinson was another whose clean delivery and pace was hurting the home side.
He was winning his position handsomely and when on ball provided plenty of opportunities for the Roos forward line.
They found 19 willing accomplices as the Roos’ quickly grabbed ascendancy they would never surrender against the disappointing Eagles.
The visitors went in to the main break with a 21-point lead and the smell of the kill in their nostrils.
The Roos confidence surged in a blistering second half when the Eagles commitment wilted.
Usually first to the ball, the visitors used their possessions with far more precision and always had numbers rushing back to clog Tailems attack.
The Roos had dominant players across every line with Ben Wiblin, Zakk Bullard, Matt Williams and Callum Cook, and a masterful Bowen not just on song but hitting the highest notes of Ave Maria.
He gave the Mannum midfield first use of the ball and took some telling marks in defense and was easily best on ground.
In contrast, Tailems’ system was non-existent and it couldn’t find anyone to take a contested mark.
White and the Westhoff brothers, Nick and Harry, were battling away, whilst Dylan Hogarth never stopped trying.
Best for Mannum was Bowen, he thrived in the conditions and along with Wiblin never yielded a centimetre in defence.
Bullard and Williams were both busy players and cut a path of destruction through the Tailem defence.
Robinson is an excitement machine. He finished with five goals for the day and unselfishly gave off a couple too.
For Tailem, White, Nick Westhoff, Harry Westhoff and Hogarth battled manfully and never stopped trying.
All teams in the River Murray Football League have a bye this Saturday, July 8. Matches resume Saturday July 15.