The competition’s top two sides suffered close losses on Saturday as Scottsdale and Bridgenorth both pulled off upsets in the final round of the home and away season.
After a big loss to Bracknell last week, Bridgenorth kept pace with minor premiers South Launceston for four quarters and held on in the last term to claim a five-point win at Parrot Park.
The Bulldogs had 10 more scoring shots than the home side but inaccurate kicking allowed the Parrots to claim a 12.6 (78) to 9.19 (73) win.
Zach Kilby, Jacob Bonney and Nathan Van Noord starred in one of Bridgenorth’s best wins for the season, which saw the Parrots finish just three percentage points off sixth-placed Longford with six wins.
South Launceston managed to keep top spot and earn a week off.
Failure to convert from scoring opportunities cost SCOTTSDALE at Rocherlea last weekend but the Magpies weren’t to be denied twice, causing an upset with an eight-point home victory over Bracknell.
The Redlegs were in striking distance for much of the game but could not land a fatal blow as the Magpies led at every change to claim a 12.5 (77) to 10.9 (69) win.
Brady Gee and Lee Nichols kicked four goals apiece for the home side while Geoff Mohr, Zachary Bean and Joe Robinson were all instrumental.
Bracknell toiled hard but could not find an even spread of goal-kickers, with Jackson Chorley (four goals), Gary Shipton and Richard Howe producing all 10 of their side’s goals.
The two sides will meet again next week in a qualifying final.
ROCHERLEA won fourth place and mental ascendancy ahead of next week’s elimination final by accounting for Hillwood by 53 points.
Josh Holton was unstoppable up forward for the Suburban Tigers, kicking a bag of six in a best-on-ground performance, while Brenton Gale and Ben Elmer were both crucial contributors in the win.
Daniel Withers and Nick Bauld were both impressive for Hillwood but the Sharks will need to find something extra to turn the tables when the two sides meet next week, having won just five of their past eight games.
LONGFORD sentenced Deloraine to the wooden spoon by racing to an 11-goal home win in their final game of the season.
The Kangaroos matched it with the home side for the first half but couldn’t keep their efforts up in the second as Longford kicked 11 goals to two.
The Country Tigers had eleven individual goalkickers with Lachlan Dakin (three goals), Cameron Gard and Jake Williams all kicked multiple majors.