A seven-point margin proved a nice touch as Evandale celebrated veteran Michael Rainbow's 300th game with a win.
Last year's grand finalists looked set to run out comfortable winners after taking a 27-point buffer into the final term at Bridport, but the hosts had other ideas as Andy Barron and Jake Blackwell (three goals) pushed the result to the end.
Sam Bouwmann (two goals) played another huge game for the Country Eagles, while James Conroy, Jason Bennett and James Storay all impressed in the 10.12 (72) to 9.11 (65) win.
Former Prospect Hawk Kaleb Thomas finished with three goals.
EAST COAST put on a trademark second-half blitz to continue its unbeaten start to the season.
Taking a three-goal lead into the half, the Swans upped the tempo thereafter as Chae Evans, Michael Musicka and Pearce Robinson led the visitors to a 23.19 (157) 11.6 (72) victory.
Nick Child (seven goals) and Michael Murfet (five) showed their usual insatiable appetite for goals as nine Swans hit the scoresheet, while Nathan Worker was suitably industrious for Perth.
Zane Brown and Leigh Barker (three each) did most of the scoring for the Magpies, who now drop to fourth on the ladder.
MEANDER VALLEY proved no match for top-of-the-table Lilydale as Sonny Whiting kicked a season-high eight goals in a 91-point win.
The Demons held their opposition to just two goals at the half before running out 19.17 (131) to 6.4 (40) winners.
Thane Bardenhagen and Logan Reynolds were again instrumental through the middle of the ground, while Sun Matthew Nicholson continued his strong start to the season.
OLD SCOTCH waltzed to its first win of the year with a 70-point victory over Uni-Mowbray.
Coach Shaun Muller (three goals) led a list of 10 individual goalkickers for the Thistles as Tom Pedley and Lachlan Nailer dominated around the ground.
Will Geysing and Zac Fleming both played their best games of the season for the Eagles.