A SEVEN-GOAL opening term against Bridgenorth at home went a long way to securing Longford its fourth win on Saturday.
The Tigers had a valuable spread of consistent contributors and kept their noses in front all day to finish 15.9 (99) to 12.10 (82) victors.
Lachlan Dakin was superb with three majors, while Jonathon Smart was dangerous at times for an identical output as Tigers Cameron Gard, Jake Murfett and Jackson Blair soldiered on.
Jacob Bonney and Brady Demeijer were the best performing Parrots and helped spark several challenges to Longford’s ascendancy.
Chris Walker and Rohan Sergeant finished with three apiece for Bridgenorth.
SCOTTSDALE moved to fourth on the ladder with a 18.10 (118) to 10.6 (66) victory over close rivals Hillwood.
Four goals was the margin at three-quarter time but it wasn’t enough for the Magpies, who piled on six goals to the Sharks’ two to boost their percentage.
Chris Carins and Zach Bean were both dominant with Lee Nichols (six goals) again leading Scottsdale’s frontier. Pies Denham Hall and Joe Robinson also combined for five goals, while Nic Bauld was Hillwood’s most potent with four.
Brad Dikkenberg and Dan Withers toiled hard all day.
Scottsdale, Hillwood and Rocherlea are now all on seven wins and four losses each.
Premiership favourites BRACKNELL were relentless in thumping eighth-placed Deloraine by 85 points.
Redleg Richard Howe again tormented the Roos’ defence with a five-goal haul, which was also equalled by Jake Cox as last year’s runners up prevailed 18.15 (123) to 5.8 (38).
Callum Mulder, Joe Chilcott and coach Gary Shipton ran unchecked for the winners that have only one loss to their name. Kangaroos Mathew O'Donoghue and Brodie Donohue kicked two each with Shannon Buller and Jade Smith included in the bests.
SOUTH LAUNCESTON extended its winning streak to five matches by mauling a hapless George Town to a 125-point tune.
The Bulldogs were nine goals up at the first change and 85 points clear two terms in.
The bottom-placed Saints converted their maiden goal in the third stanza and added just another two thereafter to go down 23.11 (149) to 3.6 (24) at Youngtown Oval.
Dogs skipper Luke Mccarty was the star with eight goals and had good support from coach Leigh Harding (three) and Will Campbell.
George Town’s only goal-kickers were Nicholas Burt, Josh Knight and Ethan Goldfinch. Jack Hulse, Beau Tuthill and Jaiden Gibbs were serviceable for the Saints, who have not tasted victory since round 5.
EVANDALE created a handy buffer on East Coast in the hotly-contested race for a top-two finish at Morven Park on Saturday.
The Eagles are now eight points clear of the Swans after taking down the league newcomers 13.10 (88) to 7.10 (52).
The hosts were able to stifle the impact and keep competition leading goal-kicker Nicholas Child to two majors, while Dakota Bannister and Lewis Ritchie tried tirelessly to will East Coast home.
Ned Hyland’s men held a two-point advantage at the first break but could only muster three goals to Evandale’s nine thereafter.
Eagles Shaun Collis and Michael Rainbow converted four apiece with Jason Bennett and Justin Hutton dominating in his 250th match.
LILYDALE produced a cricket score in tearing Bridport to shreds by 214 points.
The Demons had 56 scoring shots to seven in winning 35.21 (231) to 2.5 (17) and sending their percentage beyond 200.
They sunk eight goals in both the first, second and final terms, but an impressive 11 came in the second.
Joshua Griggs and Kade Dwyer finished with six goals each, Billy Tuckerman and Lincoln Jackson split 10 between them and Shaun Avent and Ben Sullivan sent through three apiece.
William Lade and Ben Haywood were the Seagulls’ goal-kickers.
TAMAR won its first match since round 5 by edging out Prospect 16.21 (117) to 13.7 (85) at Beauty Point.
Cats Josh Murray (four goals) and coach Brennan Cresswell (three) were potent inside 50 as Liam Shegog and Kane Brugeaud controlled play.
Conniey Riley (five majors) was the last-placed Hawks’ best along with Sam Crack and Matthew Rice.
OLD SCOTCH were 51 points too strong for Meander Valley at Westbury Oval, thanks largely to a six-goal bag from Thistle George Walker.
The full forward was well looked after by captain Tom Pedley and Jonty Swallow in the 17.9 (111) to 9.6 (60) result.
Joel Holloway and Joe Hammond were solid for the plucky Suns, who had only one multiple goal-kicker in Ross Tulich (three).
PERTH were able to match it with St Pats for a half of football before going down 23.12 (150) to 14.5 (89).
The Magpies were two goals ahead one term in and 10 in arrears at half time before Saint Jacob Knight again showed his full potential with a seven-goal outing to compliment coach Alex Russell’s four.
Brennan Savage (four goals) presented well for Perth, who have fallen behind in the fight for the final spot in September.
OLD LAUNCESTONIANS took down Uni-Mowbray by 91 points at University Oval.
Uni did not score a goal following the long change to fail 20.11 (131) to 6.4 (40) as Blues Scott Churchill (six goals and Josh Collins (four) worked wonders.
John Braid and Robert Talbot were adjudged Uni’s most productive.