MUNDARING did enough in the first three quarters to hold off a late charge from Mt Helena in their Hills Football Association clash.
The Lions out-scored the Roos in the final quarter but the Roos held on for a 11.14 (80) to 10.8 (68) win.
The Mundaring Roos were looking at the prospect of winning their first three games of a season for many years.
They have gelled as a group under the guidance of coach Adam A’Vard and a core of experience.
Kieron Lipman and Tyson Hamling were pushing the ball forward on the back of some good ruck work by James Hartley where small forward Michael Italiano was getting his hands on the ball.
Trevor Daw was doing his best to hold the Roos out and Mike Stampfer was taking some good intercept marks. By quarter time the Roos were 5.2 (32) to 2.3 (15) giving them a 17-point lead.
Mundaring continued to push in the second quarter.
Braeden Hilgert was doing a lot of hard running from the back line, James Hartley got on the score board while having a rest in the Roos forward line.
Jack Holley and Zac Swift were keeping the Lions in with a chance with their hard work around the ground.
But by half time the score was 8.5 (53) to 3.5 (23) and the Roos had extended their lead out to 30 points.
The Lions came out in the third with a positive attitude and started to turn things around.
Kieron Lipman came off with a leg injury and the Roos started to miss his drive.
Blake Hagboom started to impact on the game for the Lions along with the continued hard work of Aaron Rivers around the ground taking some good marks and winning his fair share of ruck duels.
James Harley moved deep into defence and if not for his strong marking the Lions would have been better rewarded from their forward entries.
At the final change the score was 10.7 (67) to 5.7 (37) so the Roos still maintained a 30-point lead.
The Lions continued their fightback.
Jack Holley was marking strongly in the last line of defence, then running hard to offer support for his team mates as they pushed the ball forward, out-scoring the Roos by 18 points in the final quarter reducing the winning margin to 12 points. Micheal Italiano scored three goals for Mundaring and Steve Cockman scored three goals for Mt Helena.
By Brian Pallister