West Adelaide ran over Central District in the second half to claim a confidence-boosting 24-point win at Hisense Stadium.
Trailing by as much as 17 points midway through the third quarter, the Bloods were quick to get themselves back into the contest on the back of consecutive goals to captain Tom Keough.
Once former Gold Coast academy forward Josh Gore saluted with a checkside goal in the pocket, the hosts were suddenly in front entering time-on before the final change.
Premiership forward Jono Beech struck first in the final term for West but it was the skipper Keough who continually made his presence felt in the result, his fourth major giving his team a 16-point lead five minutes into the final term.
From there, Brad Gotch’s charges were able to control the tempo during the dying stages while ensuring the Bulldogs wouldn’t manage a major after half-time.
Keough finished with 17 disposals and seven marks to go with his match-defining haul of four goals while defender Mitch Duval was again impressive in the back half, tallying 17 disposals and seven marks.
The Bloods’ even midfield spread was impressive as Ed Allan was one of four players to chalk up 22 disposals while also laying 11 tackles and having five clearances.
Logan Hill was his valuable self in important moments for West in defence while twin backmen Josh Ryan and Pat Levicki were also major factors in ensuring Central’s scoring would dry up.
The Bulldogs had Kyle Presbury and Travis Schiller both rack up 29 disposals while Justin Hoskin played yet another vital hand for his side, finishing with 26 disposals, two goals and an amazing goal assist featured in the clip below.
Glenelg responded to North Adelaide’s challenge with a statement-making 31-point win at Prospect Oval.
Establishing a 33-point lead midway through the second quarter, the Tigers were cruising toward a comfortable victory after scoring several of their goals with an element of ease.
But four goals in succession heading into the half-time break gave the Roosters plenty of momentum heading into the second half as they trailed by just 10 points.
It was trimmed to just two points when premiership forward Mitch Harvey converted his set shot 23 minutes into the third term.
This seemed to wake the Bays from their mid-game slumber as Marlon Motlop got things rolling with a set shot goal within the opening minute of the fourth term.
Once Bob Quinn Medallist Liam McBean booted the next two majors in succession – to give him five for the afternoon – the visitors looked home with a 24-point buffer nearing the mid-point of the fourth quarter.
Magarey Medallist Luke Partington worked hard all day to rack up 35 disposals, eight marks and seven clearances while Matt Allen was constructive on his wing with 29 touches, nine marks and a goal.
Inform McBean finished with 19 disposals and six marks to go with his 5.2 while Essendon VFL recruit Dylan Landt looked at home in his first League game for Glenelg, racking up 22 disposals from the back half.
Reigning Magarey Medallist Campbell Combe battled hard for his 26 disposals, six marks and six clearances while skipper Alex Spina continually tried to spark North from defence with his 22 disposals and nine marks.
Rooster Aaron Young was able to return to the field after a knock to his shoulder, the former Power forward making the most of his midfield time to collect 24 disposals and seven clearances.