North Adelaide jumped into the top-five with a statement-making 76-point win against Port Adelaide at Prospect Oval.
Celebrating the 30-year reunion of their 1991 premiership, the hosts not only gained valuable percentage but leapt over the Magpies on the premiership table.
Playing in front of flag heroes Kym Klomp and Brodie Atkinson, the Roosters went on a rampage to kick 10 goals in succession from midway through the second stanza until early in the fourth quarter.
And after being in danger of losing the last quarter on the scoreboard to the visitors, North still managed to find a way to win the mini battle with goals to Robbie Young and Dyson Hilder deep into time-on.
Half-back Harrison Wigg recaptured his outstanding form of last year by racking up 30 disposals and booting two goals while former Port midfielders Aaron Young and Andrew Moore were also influential with 30 and 29 possessions respectively.
Jarred Allmond and Alex Spina provided plenty of drive from defence while Keenan Ramsey was awarded the Coles Value Player Award for his three goals, 15 disposals and 12 marks in setting up the win early in the contest.
Former skipper Mitch Clisby was a late withdrawal, paving the way for Declan Fahey to make his debut, booting a cracking goal featured in the clip below.
After a spirited start, Port was unable to maintain its pressure around the contest as Riley Bonner led the stats sheet with 34 touches as former Rooster Boyd Woodcock collected 29.
Sturt draftee Jed McEntee played his best game for his new side with 21 disposals and nine tackles but it wasn’t enough as the Magpies slipped to sixth place.
Sturt farewelled premiership forward Mark Evans in the best way possible with a hard-fought 11-point win against South Adelaide at Unley Oval.
The Double Blues had fewer disposals, fewer scoring shots and fewer clearances but that didn’t matter as they made their one extra inside 50 entry count with an upset victory against the Panthers.
South closed the gap to just six points on the back of a Sam Overall goal and Nic Schwarz behind to start the final term but former Panther Abe Davis put the lead back out to 13 points when he booted his third for Sturt in the 15th minute.
It would be enough as the hosts’ determination to win in honour of Evans was evident from the first bounce in an extremely even team performance.
Davis finished with 18 disposals to go with his three goals while Casey Voss (21 disposals) and Tom Lewis (18 disposals, 10 tackles and five clearances) were also influential.
Adam Trenorden kicked two goals for the second match in succession while Evans signed off with a set shot goal from 40m after making on the lead, featured in the clip below.
South’s Bryce Gibbs had 24 disposals and eight tackles while experienced pair Joel Cross and Joe Haines had 21 along with West Coast recruit Mitch O’Neill, who was also one of five goal scorers for the visitors.
A powerful opening term ensured Norwood would get the jump on Central District in its 30-point win at The Parade.
The Redlegs bolted out of the blocks to kick five goals in the first quarter while holding the Bulldogs to just one behind.
Despite not managing a major in the third term, the hosts were again able to strangle their rivals by only conceding five behinds in the final stanza.
Norwood had 10 less inside 50s for the match but that didn’t matter as Mitch Grigg and Nik Rokahr racked up 20 disposals each while Declan Hamilton had 19 to go with his goal and seven tackles.
Redlegs Cam Shenton and Xavier Tranfa were the only multiple goal scorers on the ground with two each.
Central’s Travis Schiller tallied 22 disposals, eight tackles and seven clearances while Kyle Presbury and Darcy Pisani had 21 and 20 possessions respectively.
Adelaide’s early shutdown of West Adelaide was the catalyst for its 36-point win at Hisense Stadium.
The Crows slammed on 5.3 while keeping the Bloods scoreless in the first quarter, with veteran Jono Beech scoring his side’s first major with a close-range snap three minutes into second stanza.
Adelaide had only one more inside 50 than West while also having fewer disposals, marks and clearances but it didn’t matter as they secured the premiership points and stayed in the race for the top five.
Tasmanian recruit Oliver Davis impressed with 25 disposals and six tackles while Hamish Latchford and Josh Worrell each had 24 possessions for the visitors.
Tall Crows Billy Frampton and Elliott Himmelberg proved to be a handful for the Bloods by kicking five goals between them from 10 scoring shots and 18 marks while Jay Boyle and Lachlan Gollant each kicked a pair.
West’s Elliot Dunkin continued his rich form with 35 disposals and eight marks while Jordon Boyle with 29 disposals and Bailey Chamberlain, with a career-high 26, battled hard for the hosts.
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