SOUTH Launceston stopped an in-form Hillwood in its tracks and regained redemption on Saturday with a 42-point victory.
The Sharks had won four matches on the trot and brushed the Bulldogs aside by five goals in round 1, however, South were to good at Hillwood Oval – winning 15.11 (101) to 8.11 (59).
Goalsneak Jake Laskey sent through five majors as captain Luke Mccarty and coach Leigh Harding (two goals) led from the front around the ground.
Dan Withers and Nathan Pearce were again Hillwood’s best with Jake King and Andrew Whitmore slotting two goals each.
The victory puts the Dogs four points clear of the Sharks and Scottsdale in second spot.
BRACKNELL kept its unblemished record in tact with a riveting 9.10 (64) to 8.10 (58) win over arch enemies Longford at Tigerland.
The hosts were 16 points up at half time only to be held goalless in the third term, in which the Redlegs kicked 5.3 to lead by 15 with a quarter to run.
Longford won the final quarter with 3.1 to 1.4, but is was not to be, with Charlie Archer and Jake Cox driving Bracknell’s resilience.
Redleg Richard Howe (three) led all goal-kickers as Country Tigers Tom Reinmuth and Jonathon Smart kicked two each.
Jackson Blair, Beau Thorp and Josh Frankcombe were Longford’s most prominent.
SCOTTSDALE made it six wins from its past seven encounters with a 50-point positive result at home against Bridgenorth.
A five-goal haul from Magpie Lee Nichols helped his team lead from start to finish and win 14.13 (97) to 7.5 (47).
Matthew Taylor (three goals), Julian Rattray and Lochlan Young were standouts for the Pies, while Casey Walker-Russell and Brady Demeijer continue to impress for the Parrots.
Bridgenorth have now lost eight-consecutive matches.
After securing just four points in the previous five rounds, reigning premiers ROCHERLEA crushed a fledgling George Town by 102 points at Blue Gum Park.
The Suburban Tigers had 27 more scoring shots for the day to run out 18.14 (122) to 3.2 (20) victors.
Cody Weedon (five), Josh Holton and competition leading goal-kicker Field Reeves (four each) polished off Rocherlea’s sheer overall dominance. Tigers utility Jordan Cousens, Ben Elmer and Braydon Bassett were in the match all day.
Jack Hulse, Ethan Goldfinch and Josh Knight toiled hard for the Saints with Ben Bell (two) and Daniel Burr kicking their three goals.
Rocherlea now boast a 5-4 win-loss record in fifth position, while George Town have not won since round 5 against Bridgenorth.
AN uncompromising St Pats pounded Tamar Cats to a 98-point tune at home on Saturday.
Coach Alex Russell snagged eight majors in the 25.17 (167) to 10.9 (69) drubbing and had fantastic support from Jacob Knight (five), Jacob Murphy (four) and Josh Bellchambers (three) to extend the Saints’ winning patch to four-straight matches.
The hosts piled on five goals in the opening quarter, six in the second, seven in the third and six to finish, while Kane Brugeaud and Joshua Allen booted two each for the Cats.
St Pats remain in a three-way tussle for third position with only percentage separating them from Lilydale and East Coast.
LILYDALE returned two the winner’s list after a tough two weeks before the league bye with a 17.12 (114) to 13.6 (84) triumph over a pesky Perth.
The Demons were in front at every change and controlled general play but the Magpies kept within a five-goal margin throughout the contest.
Josh Griggs (five goals) led 10 individual Lilydale goal-kickers with Louis Venn, Brad Rayner and Wil Lockhart having days out.
Former Launceston and Clarence key position player Brennan Savage converted six majors for Perth as Damien Clarke and Adam Etchell performed strongly.
The sixth-placed Pies now enjoy a 5-4 win-loss at the halfway mark.
EVANDALE eclipsed Meander Valley by 105 points at Morven Park to remain outright second.
The Country Eagles had 40 scoring shots to the Suns’ nine with both James Storay and Damien Wrankmore finishing with five goals each in the 19.21 (135) to 4.5 (29) result.
Jake Goodyer, Sam Bannister and Brady Wagner guided Evandale, while Jesse Grace and Devlin Eilander were named Meander Valley’s most productive.
The Suns were held goalless after half time as they could only muster two behinds with Adam Scott kicking half of their goals.
EAST COAST squashed Bridport by 15 goals in a battle of the competition’s newcomers.
Nick Child (seven goals) and Jake Sushames (five) were the Swans’ chief destroyers in claiming a 26.15 (171) to 12.9 (81) win.
Dakota Banniaster and Liam McCarroll also snagged three each, while Michael Musicka collected best on ground honours.
Tom Martello (three goals) was dangerous for the Seagulls as Rob Lade and Sam McDougall tried to keep their teammates in the match.
Four-time reigning premiers OLD SCOTCH dismantled Old Launcestonians by 125 points at NTCA Ground. The Thistles won 21.16 (142) to 2.5 (17) with Michael Murfett (six goals) the star of the show.
UNI-MOWBRAY also secured four points with a 18.16 (124) to 5.9 (39) victory over Prospect Hawks at University Oval.