LILYDALE enhanced their reputation as the ones to beat as they comfortably accounted for second-placed St Pats 16.17 (113) to 9.7 (61) at home with a dominant second-half performance.
Thane Bardenhagen got the hosts off to a fantastic start, booting two of the first three following a Sonny Whiting special that set the tone as those two, alongside Zac Barwick kicked three each in a match that threatened to get heated throughout the competitive third quarter.
Alongside Barwick, Lilydale's trio of Zach Cooke and Zachary Paul were dangerous as Cooke kicked two crucial goals to control the play in the third, which only featured three Lilydale majors.
Jacob Knight was St Pats' main forward exponent with four goals over the course of the match and flashy midfield play along the way as coach Alex Russell kicked two and Julian James, Jacob Parker and Daniel Sellers got their hands on the ball with regularity.
PERTH's major goal-kickers were accurate in front of goal but the Magpies were unable to cause the upset following a strong start against Old Launcestonians, with the Blues winning 17.16 (118) to 10.3 (63).
Josh Holton's men kicked five goals in the first quarter, leaving the Blues on the ropes but could only manage a solitary behind in the second, releasing the pressure and allowing their opponents to be 19-point leaders at half time.
Holton and Old Launcestonians opponent Matthew Spohn both kicked six with the Blues' Will Archer and Campbell Fraser proving to be too good for the Magpies.
EAST COAST's big names reaped the rewards of quality midfield ball use as the reigning premiers ran circles around Uni-Mowbray in a 29.18 (192) to 3.6 (24) win.
Dynamic small forward duo Nick Child (eight) and Michael Musicka (six) had a day out for the Swans who boasted nine individual goal-scorers as Gene Savage and Brad Lynch bagged four apiece.
Will Stoltenberg was the Swans' best with Zachary Spurway-Smith kicking all three of Uni-Mowbray's majors and Liam Guardia and Brad Tuffin strong.
Former West Coburg player Sam Bouwman is proving to be one of the NTFA's hottest recruits as his five-goal performance guided EVANDALE to a 19.10 (124) to 3.9 (27) win over Old Scotch.
The recruit has been exceptional since moving to Tasmania, kicking 28 majors this season and regularly featuring in the Eagles' best.
Billy Jack was the victors' best on the ground, kicking two as Alex McKenzie, Nick Cash and Jonty Swallow were commendable for Old Scotch in Swallow's 100th game in Thistles colours.
Sixth-placed BRIDPORT maintained their duel for finals as they widened the gap to Meander Valley with a 17.21 (123) to 12.11 (83) win over the Suns.
With only four points in the match at the main break, the Seagulls opened the flood gates to kick 11 goals in the last half as former Launceston player Joe Boyce bagged four and Jake Blackwell and Cale Burke three to secure the victory.
Nat Barnett and Josh Nunn were a dynamic force in the midfield for the Seagulls as Sun Richard Heazlewood showed how good could he can be with a four-goal performance as Matt Nicholson impressed upon return with two goals.
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