BROTHERS Roos' coach Steve Smithwick was delighted with his side's first quarter against BITS Saints on Saturday.
"I was so proud of the way the boys started the match," Smithwick said.
"It's easily our best opening quater of footy this season. We were right in the match, we were right up there with the Saints, one of the stronger teams. Then the wheels fell off."
Smithwick described Roos' first quarter performance as "fantastic".
"We worked hard, we attacked the footy hard, we did everything right and we went to the break just two goals down. After that, well we dropped right off and that cost us."
It cost Roos dearly, Saints handing them a thumping, running out comfortable winners 183 to 48.
"Our last three quarters weren't good," Smithwick added.
"We made a lot of basic skill errors and our presence around the footy wasn't anywhere near what it was in our first quarter."
Still, the Roos' coach remains upbeat.
"We played really well in that first quarter and the boys really put in," he said.
"I can't fault the boys' commitment. If we keep working hard the results will come. We proved that in the first quarter. We did the job, we were right in it. We just have to do that for the full match, play four, hard, solid quarters of footy, not one."