BRACKNELL strengthened its grip on top spot and gained the title of early season premiership favourites with a 17-point victory over contenders South Launceston on Saturday.
A five goal to one opening term set up the 8.11 (59) to 6.6 (42) result for the Redlegs who held the lead all day long despite being kept scoreless in the final stanza.
Utility Craig Burling was Bracknell’s most productive and had good support from Joe Chilcott and Jesse Tunks, while Jake Huett and Joey Cullen were the victor’s only multiple goal scorers with two each.
Defender Clinton Drake was awarded votes for the Bulldogs as was Will Campbell.
The Redlegs are now a game and four points clear of South on top of the ladder seven rounds in.
HILLWOOD won a low-scoring war of attrition 7.7 (49) to 4.7 (31) against George Town at Blue Gum Park.
The Saints were quarter-time leaders by nine points but could only manage one point in both the second and third terms as the Sharks piled on scoreboard pressure.
Jake King (four) and Andrew Whitmore (two) were Hillwood’s focal points up front as Kieran Fullard and Rhys Heald worked their magic around the ground.
For George Town, Braidy Squires and Callum Aalbreght were standouts.
ROCHERLEA ended its two-match losing streak with a comfortable 50-point home triumph over Bridgenorth.
The Suburban Tigers were bullish against a struggling Parotts line up who were held goalless in the second and final terms.
Filed Reeves booted four goal on his return and reigning competition goalkicking champion Josh Holton converted three.
Jacob Hawkins, Jordan Cousens and Daryn Lowe were outstanding in victory, while Jacob Bonney and Darren Long were Bridgenorth’s best.
Rocherlea is now in a group with Scottsdale and Hillwood with 4-2 win-loss records.
SCOTTSDALE notched up its fourth-straight win in fantastic fashion over Deloraine – prevailing 13.11 (89) 3.5 (23).
The Kangaroos made all the early moves and kicked their only three goals inside the first 30 minutes but struggled thereafter to trail by 34 points at half time.
Magpies ruckman Daniel Roozendaal was a dominate force along with Brady Gee (three goals) and Cameron Walker.
Shannon Buller kicked two goals for Deloraine as Jade Smith and Jordan Loone fought hard. Just percentage separates the Kangaroos, Bridgenorth and Longford on the bottom of the ladder with one win apiece.
LILYDALE drew level with Evandale in the fight for second position with a thrilling three-point win at Morven Park on Saturday.
The Country Eagles could muster just four points to half time as the Demons fought hard for a 24-point lead but it was the hosts that did most of the attacking in the final two terms.
Evandale booted 5.6 to Lilydale’s 2.3 only to narrowly fall short 6.7 (43) to 5.10 (40).
Demon Billy Turkerman kicked three majors as Eagles Shaun Collis and Tom Chugg finished with two apiece.
Lilydale’s Patrick Sulzberger was adjudged best on ground with Trent Griggs not far behind. Kade Gunton and Michael Rainbow were Evandale’s most productive.
PERTH punished Prospect 17.17 (119) to 8.12 (60) to stake its claim as a 2017 finals team.
Both teams were amiss in front of goal but the Magpies had four players with three goals next to their name – Shaun Etchell, Braydon Pitcher, Chris Collins and Nathan Worker. Pitcher was brilliant around the ball, while Paul Stoltenberg and Keiran Carlton (two goals) flew the Hawks’ flag.
Perth has moved into fourth position with a 4-2 win-loss record.
OLD LAUNCESTONIANS upset Tamar Cats on their home turf to register win number two of the season.
A powerful six-goal opening term set the tone for day as the Blues ran out 12.9 (81) to 8.7 (55) winners. Alistair Taylor, Scott Churchill, Jeremy Jackson and Lyndon Green all finished with two goals for the Blues as Campbell Fraser and Jeff Connelly controlled general play.
Liam Shegog was the fifth-placed Cats best player with Tyson Watts and Jarrod Murray kicking two majors each.
The victory has moved Old Launcestonians into eight spot.
EAST COAST were 68-points too classy for Meander Valley at Westbury Oval.
Dakota Bannister was a dominant force yet again with four goals and plenty possessions in the 14.10 (94) to 4.2 (26) smashing, which has shifted the Swans into neutral territory with a 3-3 start. Mitch McCarroll, Pearce Robinson and Jack Ruston were influential away from home, while Josh Bennett and Joel Holloway were named the Suns’ top performers.
Meander Valley managed one goal in each quarter via Ross Tulich, Joe Hammond, Adam Scott and Taylor Bailey.
OLD SCOTCH is the competition’s only undefeated team after reclaiming the Butzin-Jordan Cup against Uni-Mowbray.
Thistles skipper Tom Pedley led from the front with Dylan Browning (two) his side’s only multiple goal scorer in the 8.9 (57) to 2.8 (20) result.
Hayden Chrzanowski was impressive for the Suburban Eagles with their only majors coming off Daniel Holton’s boot.
ST PATS was 53-points too good for Bridport under lights at Prospect – winning 14.11 (95) to 6.6 (42).
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