In what proved to be the match of the round North Clare held on to beat Burra Booborowie Hallett on its home surface at Clare Oval by nine points.
After both teams kicked three goals in the first quarter the Roosters took a slender lead into the half-time break and broke the game open with a power-packed six-goal third quarter.
The final score was North 12.8 (80) defeating BBH 10.11 (71).
“There was no score for the first 20 minutes of the last quarter and most people watching would have said it wasn't a great spectacle,” North Clare coach Peter Cook said.
“There are a lot of stoppages and ball ups – it was hard work in and under.
“It was important game to win for both clubs and it got tight during the last part of the final term.
“BBH had numbers behind the ball and use their short kicking to advantage.
“They kicked a couple of goals late which made the score pretty close.
“It was pretty happy with our third quarter. There was plenty of clean ball movement and we broke the game open a bit during this term.”
Strong marking key forward Tyson Pawley produced three goals and took more than a dozen contested marks in a best on ground effort, while around the ball Tom Stevens and Cohen Pettit were productive.
Ben Cross was given an award for his defensive roll on Tommy Drew when he was moved on to him.
Across half-back Lachlan Jaeschke continued his outstanding season and Michael Bannon played one of his best games for the winter.
Obviously playing under an injury cloud Dallas Hill kicked three first half goals for the Roosters while diminutive small man James Brown slotted through a pair of majors.
Playing coach Casey Cooper was the Rams’ best, followed by ruckman Chris James who had an interesting dual with young Jacob Nikolai and Tom Huppatz.
Robbie Bartee was the only real key target in attack and kicked three goals for BBH, while Guy Hutchinson across half back and Timmy Torzsok were constructive as well.
Nathan Francis made his A grade debut in this contest and kicked a goal, while fellow senior colt Will Nicholai played his second match, after making his first appearance the week before.
Blyth Snowtown v Southern Saints
Last year's premiers BSR demolished the Southern Saints at Spalding Oval, defeating Eudunda Robertstown by over 15 goals.
The Saints, through Dylan Pfitzner, kicked their only goal in the second quarter and they were 40 points down at the main break.
Eudunda Robertstown only managed six behinds after half time and lost the game 15.15 (105) to 1.8 (14).
“The Saints wasted a bit of a footy and our back line was really good,” Tigers coach Liam Whitwell said.
“Early in the game our midfield of (Jack) Haarsma, (Sam) Martin, Andrew Cousins and Matty Longbottom was outstanding and Will Hennessy really gave us an ascendancy in ruck.
“Across half back Daniel Hayes, Alex Morgan and Ben Cousins stood up and the scoreboard reflected our domination of the game.
“We still not at 100 per cent when it comes to forward efficiency and we have some work to do you.
“There are still have four (players) to come back in not including Raymond and Heinjus, but we have sustained a number of injuries over the first part of the season.
“Pleasingly a number of the young guys from the underage sides in recent years like Harry Mills who had his best game and Mitch Catford have been good.”
Along with Jack Haarsma, centre half back Morgan and ruckman Hennessy were the best three on the ground.
Matthew Longbottom, Ben Cousins and Lachie Wildson, who kicked three goals, were also on the Tigers’ best players lists.
Other multiple goal kickers were Haarsma, Luke Hayes, Longbottom and Jeremy Sargent who each kicked two goals.
Better players for the Saints included Kurubyn Floyd, Jordie Kotz and Karl Milde.
Zac Green, Toby Schulz and Jed Michalk were manful against the odds as well.
Min-Man v North Clare
A late inclusion, Damian Hynes played a significant role in the Hawks victory over the Eagles at Mintaro Oval on Saturday.
Hynes kicked six goals as RSMU turned a 33-point half-time lead into a 73-point triumph.
In the end the final score was the Hawks 17.16 118 to metro Manila 7.3 (45)
“The Eagles had good moments early but we ran away with the game especially after half-time,” Hawks coach Stephen Lubcke said.
“Justin Schahinger was simply astounding with his tap work and also around the ground.
“We created a few turnovers with pressure acts which was pleasing.
“Damian (Hynes) had a fitness test and we decided on Friday to play him.
“He kicks six straight goals before kicking five points in a row in the final term.
“Zack Hier was fantastic again at centre half back.
“We tried to tag Steve Rusca but he had big influence on the game although they went down by a large margin.
“Billy Nicholls was also very good before jarring his knee it was a solid team effort in the end and there was a pretty even spread which I was pleased about.”
Along with Schahinger, Sam Noack and Zack Hier were given best player honours.
Craig Mullins, with three goals, and Cooper Behn, who chimed in with two goals, were also strong performers.
Matt Norman also slotted through a couple of goals for the Hawks.
Rusca was generally regarded as the Eagles best followed by Billy Sandow and Tyler Friebel who kicked three of his team’s seven goals.
Callum Bubner and Luke Broadbent were also solid performers for the hosts, while recruit Dylan Ribbons kicked a couple of goals.
South Clare v BSR
The high flying Tigers kept their 2018 winning record in tack defeating South Clare by 14 goals in a one-sided affair at Snowtown Oval.
They kicked 10 goals, nine points in the first half and were 47 points up at the long interval.
The Tigers finally won the game 18.18 (126) to 6.6 (42).
“I felt we're in control from the start especially when Will Harris is kick too early goals (on the Demons SANFL player),” Tigers coach Carey Payne said.
“I think our 36 scoring shots to their 12 certainly reflected the difference between the two sides on the day.
“Frustratingly we can't bloody kick straight at the moment and are missing too many set shots.
“Our tackling pressure was excellent, especially led by Nick McCormack who was best on ground.
“He was followed by Gareth Ottens who was rested for the final 15 minutes.
“It was a good win and there's a real positive vibes around the club especially with our A girls also traveling pretty well in the netball.”
Along with Ottens and McCormack, Tyson Salter is playing good football on the wing and Ash Giles continued his consistent through the middle.
Scott Atkinson in his first game back from injury kicked four goals while Will Harris finished with three majors.
Shay Clifford and Ricky Wiseman both kicked the brace.
For the Demons, the better players included Patrick McInerney and Matt Bennie, while Kurtis Ward Lachlan Benda were solid as well.
Ben Dinning also have his moments and South could only manage six individual goal kickers.
Back for a second week, Dominic Costanzo played across half back and had his share of kicks without having a major influence.
This win was made even better as the Tigers had three top-line players Cameron Giles, Caleb Lloyd and Ryan Darling on the sidelines.