South Adelaide ensured its first win at The Parade in five years would be a memorable one after edging out Norwood by six points.
Trailing by a meaningful margin of 18 points amid challenging conditions at the main change, the Panthers dug deep to kick 5.5 to 1.5 in the second half to secure victory at Woods Street for the first time since Round 4, 2017.
Panthers goalsneak Jye Menzie made the most of a free kick to nail his set shot and reduce the deficit to just one point, six minutes into the final term.
It took another 10 minutes for the next major to be scored by exciting Panther Kim Kantilla, who produced a moment of magic to give his team the lead for the first time since late in the opening quarter.
After booting three goals on debut last round, Kantilla showed off his explosive speed by gathering the loose ball and streaming into an open goal from 15m.
Once his teammate Luke Bogle snapped truly in traffic a minute later, the visitors were set to bank the premiership points.
But after Redleg Josh Richards kicked his pressure set shot during time-on, South was forced to defend grimly in the dying stages with Joseph Haines leading the way.
The Coles Valued Player, who also collected 19 disposals, was desperate in the back half with his intercepts and smothers before teammate Ryan Garthwaite secured an important contested mark on the final siren as Norwood surged forward.
South’s Matthew Broadbent finished with a team-high 24 disposals while Mitch O’Neill did his selection chances for the West End State game no harm with 23 disposals, 10 tackles and six clearances.
Norwood skipper Matthew Nunn showed tremendous spirit with 31 disposals, 12 tackles and seven clearances while Harry Boyd had another strong game in the ruck with 21 disposals, eight clearances and a goal.
Woodville-West Torrens produced a tradesmen-like 26-point win against Port Adelaide at Alberton.
Without star midfielder Riley Knight due to Covid protocols, the Eagles had unheralded pair Joseph Sinor and Sam Rowland step up through the centre square as the visitors took control in the third term.
Facing a five-point deficit at half-time, the Eagles kicked the only three goals in the premiership quarter before hard-working Jack Firns made things difficult for the Magpies with his bouncing goal to open the fourth term.
Star Eagles forward Daniel Menzel was dangerous all afternoon, making the most of his chances to kick four goals, including the sealer late in the final term.
Sinor collected 29 disposals while Rowland had 28 and Essendon recruits Dylan Clarke and Kobe Mutch tallied 25 possessions each.
Former Eagle Lachie Jones tried his best to make an imprint on the game for the hosts with 24 touches while development player Ethan Moore had 23 disposals, five clearances and a tackle.
Port forward Charlie Dixon appeared to get through the game unscathed, finishing with 10 disposals and a goal.
Adelaide surged to its best start to the season on the back of a rampaging 54-point win against West Adelaide at Hisense Stadium.
Now sitting on top of the table with a 5-1 win-loss record and a healthy percentage of 58, the Crows were irresistible during the second stanza while slamming on 8.4 to the Bloods’ one behind.
As many as 13 players joined the goal kicking list for Adelaide as it continued to send an ominous warning to the rest of the competition with its potency and skill.
Former Bloods junior Josh Smithson enjoyed his return to Richmond to make his Hostplus SANFL League debut as a development player for the Crows, kicking a team-high four goals from his 12 disposals.
Adelaide midfielder Matt Crouch found plenty of the ball to register 36 disposals, 10 clearances, six tackles and eight marks while first-year draftee Jake Soligo played his best SANFL game to influence the match with 29 disposals, 11 tackles, six clearances and a goal.
Crows ruck Kieran Strachan was enormous with 145 Champion Data ranking points, stemming from 19 disposals, eight marks and seven clearances.
Adelaide defender Josh Worrell showed off his offensive game with two nice goals to go with 14 disposals as Patrick Parnell showed plenty of dash, including an eye-catching goal in the second term.
West’s valuable recruit Josh Carmichael was again his team’s best player, registering 36 possessions, eight marks, nine clearances and two goals as he continues to settle in nicely to SANFL ranks.
Bloods key defender Kaiden Brand battled hard under siege to finish with 22 disposals and eight marks while exciting AFL draft prospect Kobe Ryan enjoyed his SANFL debut with two goals and 21 disposals.
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