South Adelaide outlasted Central District by earning a hard-fought 28-point win at Flinders University Stadium.
The Bulldogs trailed by just eight points eight minutes into the fourth term after Ethan East kicked truly.
But this sparked the Panthers into a rampage as they piled on the next four goals in succession to open up a match-winning 32-point lead on the verge of time-on.
South veterans Bryce Gibbs (36 disposals) and Matthew Broadbent (33 disposals) were outstanding while Joe Haines continually set up play from the back half with 30 possessions and 12 marks.
Magarey Medallist Joel Cross and former Lions forward Sam Skinner booted three goals each while Gibbs, Daniel Nobes and Sam Overall kicked two each.
Central’s Harry Grant had 25 possessions and co-captain Jarrod Schiller 21 while Nick Lange booted four goals and Tasmanian recruit Aiden Grace three for the visitors.
Woodville-West Torrens overcame a slow start to record a comfortable 47-point win against Norwood at Maughan Thiem Kia Oval.
Managing just one goal in the first term, the Eagles began to turn the match on its head in the second stanza with four majors while keeping the visitors to just two behinds.
The hosts then made the most of their inside 50 advantage to kick seven goals to two after the main change, ensuring they would bank their third win in four matches.
Premiership hero Angus Poole kicked three goals along with former Crow Tyson Stengle, who also impressed with 22 disposals, five marks and three tackles.
Eagles ball magnet James Tsitas had 33 disposals and six clearances while another former Crow, Riley Knight, continued his impressive form with 27 touches, 10 marks and a goal.
Norwood’s Richard Douglas finished with 29 disposals, eight marks and a goal while emerging youngster Henry Nelligan accumulated 25 possessions, seven marks and a major.
Port Adelaide shrugged off a persistent West Adelaide to record a 29-point victory at Alberton Oval.
Trailing by three points when Bloods veteran Jono Beech goaled from close range late in the third term, the Magpies went to work in booting the next four goals in a row during time-on.
It allowed Matt Lokan’s men to take a handy 22-point buffer into the final change as the Bloods began to tire.
West captain Tom Keough was able to close the gap to 17 points midway through the fourth quarter but goals to impressive SANFL-contracted pair Ethan Moore and Campbell Wildman ensured Port would collect the premiership points.
Port’s Sam Mayes ran hard for his 30 disposals, eight marks and seven clearances while Power regular Hamish Hartlett had 21 disposals and seven marks in his rare SANFL appearance.
Magpies skipper Cam Sutcliffe returned from his shoulder concern to kick three goals while former Collingwood backman Tyson Goldsack slipped forward for a pair of majors.
West’s Kaine Stevens tallied 33 disposals and six marks while Jordon Boyle racked up 28 possessions and 10 marks as former Kangaroo Tom Murphy kicked two impressive goals for the visitors.
North Adelaide hung tough to clinch a nail-biting three point win against Sturt at Prospect Oval.
Threatening to cruise to a comfortable win, the Roosters opened up a 21-point lead at half-time after restricting the Double Blues to just four goals.
But the visitors – playing without retired premiership skipper Zane Kirkwood for the first time – suddenly hit back by kicking the only two goals of the third term to close the gap to just eight points at the final change.
Sturt’s Abe Davis produced an eye-catching checkside goal in traffic to cut the margin to just two points 10 minutes into the final quarter but that would be his team’s final goal of the game.
Blues ruckman Dan Fahey-Sparks had a chance to put his side in front in the 24th minute but his set shot snap from 35m was too shallow, recording a behind with the last score of the game.
North vice-captain Andrew Moore collected 28 disposals and eight clearances while constructive midfielders Campbell Combe and Aaron Young finished with 25 possessions each.
Sturt skipper James Battersby racked up 29 possessions and four clearances as Casey Voss impressed with 28 touches, nine marks and a goal.
Glenelg earned valuable percentage as it streaked to an imposing 89-point win against Adelaide at ACH Group Stadium.
Leading at every change, the Tigers did as they pleased as star forwards Luke Reynolds (five) and Liam McBean (four) kicked nine goals between them in the absence of hamstrung teammate Lachie Hosie.
The Bays had as many as 10 goal scorers as classy indigenous pair Gibson Turner (three) and Marlon Motlop (two) kicked another five as defender Michael Virgin even hit the scoreboard for a rare major.
Glenelg coach Brett Hand would have been delighted with his team’s ball movement at times, as they earned a massive 69-33 inside 50 advantage.
Former West Coast Eagle Matt Allen continued his recent hot streak with 33 disposals, eight marks, six tackles and a goal as Magarey Medallist Luke Partington had 30 possessions and five clearances.
Former Blood Brett Turner registered 26 disposals, six tackles and a goal for the Bays as tireless Matthew Snook chalked up 20 handballs, nine tackles and eight clearances.
Adelaide’s Andrew McPherson regained touch with 33 disposals and eight marks while skipper Matthew Wright also battled hard for his 29 possessions, 10 marks and a goal.
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