Central District spoiled the farewell party for Sturt champion Zane Kirkwood when it held off the hosts for a 10-point win at Unley Oval.
Leading comfortably by 28 points at the final change, the Bulldogs were forced to withstand a desperate late charge from the Double Blues, who were desperate to honour their premiership captain in his final game.
Sturt kicked seven goals in the fourth quarter, including one to the dual Magarey Medallist, who finished nicely on his left foot featured in the clip below.
But it wasn’t enough to prevent the visitors from breaking their 11-game losing streak against Sturt, notching their first win against the boys from Oxford Terrace since Round 17 2015.
Central was well led by the Schiller brothers, Jarrod and Travis, who collected 47 disposals between them while Kyle Presbury had 21 and a goal.
Sturt’s Tom Lewis and James Battersby worked hard at the stoppages to record 23 and 22 possessions respectively while Kirkwood registered 12 touches, three marks, and three tackles to go with his goal in his final game.
Inaccuracy in front of goal couldn’t prevent Norwood from cruising to a 48-point win against Adelaide at The Parade.
Despite kicking a wasteful 12.20 (92), the Jackson Callow-inspired Redlegs were able to keep the clamps on the Crows.
Callow finished with a remarkable tally of 3.7 from his 24 disposals and 11 marks to underline the talent which has him in the frame to be selected in this year’s AFL mid-season draft.
The Tasmanian booted his first two goals and looked ominous before losing his radar in front of goal despite continuing to dominate the air inside Norwood’s attacking 50m arc.
Named the Coles Value Player of the Game, the strong-marking forward had plenty of assistance further up the field from veterans Richard Douglas, Brad McKenzie and Mitch Grigg, who successfully returned to the League line-up to tally 23 disposals and a goal after a two-week stint in the seconds.
Adelaide’s Will Hamill provided plenty of dash while tallying 30 disposals and 10 marks while smooth Andrew McPherson had 27 possessions for the visitors.
Woodville-West Torrens celebrated the 200-game milestone of Patrick Giuffreda with a rampaging 100-point win at Hisense Stadium.
Leading by just one goal at quarter-time, the Eagles piled on seven in the second stanza to establish a 39-point break at half-time.
By the time another nine majors were slammed through in the third quarter, the visitors led by 88 points at the final change but the party was only just getting started.
Giuffreda slipped forward during the final term, out-muscled his opponent to take a nice overhead mark, and then converted his 20m set shot to register just his fifth career goal.
Every team-mate on the ground came to congratulate SANFL’s latest 200-club member, as featured in the clip below.
Eagle Jimmy Toumpas finished with a mammoth 45 disposals and seven marks while James Tsitas had 37 and Sam Rowland 30 with eight marks.
West captain Tom Keough booted an eye-catching goal against three opponents but the highlights were sparse for the Bloods, who had Kaine Stevens finish with 32 disposals and six marks.
Port Adelaide defied the odds to record a character-building eight-point win against North Adelaide at Alberton Oval.
Without captain Cam Sutcliffe and a host of AFL-listed talent due to a lengthy injury-list, the Magpies came from 16 points down late in the third term to secure the premiership points.
Unheralded SANFL-contracted player Simon Wong was a difference-maker in kicking his three goals in the final term while father-son prospect Taj Schofield added two majors, including the sealer featured in the clip below.
Wingman Sam Mayes led the way on the stats sheet for Port with 32 disposals, eight tackles and eight clearances while Martin Frederick ran equally hard to collect 29 disposals in his SANFL return from AFL duty.
Wong had 20 disposals with his three goals while former Rooster Boyd Woodcock had an influence with 18 disposals and three goals.
Former Power midfielder Andrew Moore collected 27 possessions and 11 marks for the visitors while Campbell Combe and Tom Schwarz had 21 touches each.