A seven-goal third term catapulted South Adelaide to a spirited 11-point win against North Adelaide at Prospect Oval.
Trailing by two goals at the main change, the Panthers went on a blitz to boot five goals in succession after AFL Draft prospect Jason Horne gave the visitors the lead 10 minutes into the third quarter.
It proved to be enough of a buffer to hold on despite the Roosters coming home with the wind in the final term as South defender Joseph Haines led the way with 28 disposals and eight marks while veteran pair Matthew Broadbent and Bryce Gibbs had 42 possessions between them.
Livewire forwards Liam Fitt and Eamon Wilkinson each booted two for South, along with emerging ruckman Damon Freitag.
North’s milestone man Jarred Allmond booted a long range goal to go with his 27 touches and eight marks as fellow left-footer Harrison Wigg also found plenty of the ball to register 29 disposals.
Will Combe, who had 16 disposals, was the only multiple goal scorer for the Roosters with two.
An initially wasteful Port Adelaide eventually wore down Central District to earn a 17-point win at Alberton Oval.
Kicking seven behinds in succession before Boyd Woodcock kicked truly seven minutes into the second stanza, the Magpies overran the visitors in the second half while restricting them to just one behind after half-time.
Norwood recruit Luke Surman booted three goals for the hosts while Woodcock (23 disposals and eight marks) and Jarrod Lienert (23 disposals and nine marks) did their chances of an AFL recall no harm.
Developing Port ruckman Sam Hayes had an impressive stat line of 33 hit outs, six clearances, six inside 50s and 16 disposals.
Central began the game, just as it finished in Round 1, full of running, only to come to a halt despite the efforts of Kyle Presbury, who racked up 36 possessions and nine marks while co-captain Luke Habel had 21 from the back half.
Ethan East presented himself as a dangerous option early for the visitors, finishing with three majors for the afternoon.
Norwood’s dominance over fierce rival Sturt continued with a comfortable 21-point win at Unley Oval.
In leading at every change, the Redlegs’ stretched their winning streak over the Double Blues to seven by converting a pivotal 49-35 inside 50 differential onto the scoreboard.
Norwood captain Matthew Nunn continued his impressive early form with 24 touches and the opening goal of the game while teammates Nik Rokahr, Mitch Grigg, Brad McKenzie and Declan Hamilton all surpassed 20 disposals.
Still without a win against Norwood since Round 8, 2017, the Double Blues had great service from captain James Battersby (25 disposals, six tackles and eight clearances) while Ash Johnson flew high for his marks in snaring two goals.
Glenelg slowly overcame its goal kicking inaccuracy to register a valuable 29-point win against the Eagles at ACH Group Stadium.
Laden with a tally of 1.9 before Luke Reynolds kicked his first major late in the second term, the Bays steadily improved their conversion across the rest of the evening.
By the time Reynolds nailed the second of his three goals on the three-quarter time siren, Glenelg had opened up a defining 18-point margin.
The hosts’ midfield was a major influence on the victory, with Magarey Medallist Luke Partington (32 disposals and four clearances), West recruit Brett Turner (26 disposals, seven tackles and 10 clearances) and Jack Oatey Medallist Matthew Snook (24 disposals, 12 tackles and 10 clearances) each filling their stats sheet.
Lachie Hosie was a continual threat for the Bays with three goals while young debutant Cooper Horsnell capped an encouraging first game with a sealing snap in the final term.
Eagles recruit Dane McFarlane registered 25 disposals while Riley Knight and James Tsitas each had 23 as Daniel Menzel made the most of his chances to boot three goals from 16 disposals.
A left-foot snap from speedy James Mathews gave Adelaide a nail-biting six-point win against West Adelaide at Hisense Stadium.
Bloods forward Josh Koster tied up the scores when his set shot sailed to the right from 40m out in front of goal but just 80 seconds later, Mathews produced a stunning match-winner to give the Crows their first win of the season.
Adelaide captain Matthew Wright (27 disposals) and Jackson Hately (26 disposals, five tackles and five clearances) were strong in the midfield while former Eagles veteran Chris Hall racked up 22 touches in his debut as a Crows development player.
Luke Pedlar kicked three goals in his SANFL League debut for Adelaide, while young draftees Ronin O’Connor and Josh Worrell each had 20 possessions.
West’s former Hawthorn midfielder Kieran Lovell chalked up a match-high 39 disposals, five marks and six clearances while vice-captain Logan Hill had 27 possessions as Jono Beech, Josh Gore and Koster booted two goals each.