Woodville-West Torrens left it until virtually the last play of the day to produce a thrilling three-point win against North Adelaide at Maughan Thiem Kia Oval.
Slow-starting North – at one stage trailing by 25 points in the first term – hit the front when vice-captain Andrew Moore marked on the lead and converted his set shot in the fourth minute of the final term.
After dictating terms and controlling the tempo for much of the next 15 minutes, Roosters ruck Alex Barns had a chance to make life difficult for the hosts when lining up for a long-range set shot.
But the bigman’s shot sailed wide, opening the door for the Eagles to run the ball the length of the field before it ended up in the arms of Joseph Sinor, who marked 20m out on a challenging angle.
As seen in the clip below, Sinor then calmly used the breeze to swing the ball through for a goal, restoring the lead for the reigning premier with less than four minutes to play.
The Eagles were then able to cling on for a hard-earned victory, giving them a 3-1 win-loss record while sitting in third place on the ladder behind undefeated pair South Adelaide and Glenelg.
Former Crow Riley Knight was again among his team’s best, collecting 27 disposals, six marks and booting a goal while Sam Rowland and Matt Goldsworthy were reliable in defence as Kai Pudney and Jimmy Toumpas (22 disposals each) rarely stopped running.
Unheralded Rowland was awarded the Bob Quinn Medal as best afield, tallying 23 disposals and six marks.
North captain Alex Spina was outstanding across half-back, finishing with 31 disposals and nine marks while midfield pair Moore and Campbell Combe had 23 possessions each, the latter also racking up 13 tackles.