While it was nowhere near his finest outing, Devonport's Ben Brown bounced back from his rare goalless performance to help ensure his latest trip home was an enjoyable one for himself and his team.
While he did receive some help from the umpires after receiving three free kicks, Brown's 3.1, one goal assist and six score involvements from eight possessions and three marks ensured he got the points over Jake Carlisle in one of the key match-ups in North Melbourne's win over St Kilda at Hobart's Blundstone Arena.
It also helped him further climb up the overall goal tally at the venue, with Sunday's haul taking him to 33.19 in 17 games at Bellerive.
He holds an eight goal lead on retired Roo Brent Harvey on that list, with the nearest active player being skipper Jack Ziebell, who has 21.19 in 19 matches in the city.
It was also his 13th win in 17 outings at Blundstone Arena, with Brown's 17 matches seeing him equal third on the games played list at the ground, with Ben Cunnington and Shaun Atley sharing top spot with 20.
Brown's three goals, combined with quiet outings for Jeremy Cameron and Tom Hawkins has kept the key forward in the conversation for this year's Coleman Medal.
He has 37.23 for the year, behind Cameron (45.34) and Hawkins (39.17).
Teammate Tarryn Thomas again looked dangerous in his rookie season, collecting 14 possessions, three marks, three tackles, 0.2, one goal assist and four score involvements.
At the MCG, North Hobart defender Liam Jones had a quiet outing in his second game back from concussion as Carlton fell to Melbourne in a thriller, with five possessions, two marks and one tackle.
North Launceston's Jay Lockhart had a quiet afternoon, with 13 possessions, two marks and three score involvements for the Demons.
The only other Tasmanian to feature in a winning side was Lauderdale's Mitch Robinson.
Robinson was a strong contributor as Brisbane defeated Greater Western Sydney, with the midfielder collecting 22 possessions, four tackles, four rebound 50s, two inside 50s, four tackles and three score involvements.
Lauderdale's Hugh Greenwood again split his time between the midfield and forward line for Adelaide and finished as one of the Crows' finest in their disappointing Showdown loss to Port Adelaide.
Greenwood collected 18 possessions, with 14 of those contested and six intercepts, two marks (one intercept), five tackles, five clearances, one rebound 50, one inside 50, 1.1, one goal assist and eight score involvements.
Adelaide's loss came one day after the news that Launceston's Chayce Jones had extended his contract with the club until the end of 2023.
The ninth pick in last year's national draft has played six games this season, but was not part of the team that fell to the Power on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Burnie's Lachie Weller was another hard worker in a losing cause, again being one of Gold Coast's leaders from defence in the big loss to Richmond.
Weller collected 23 possessions (15 uncontested and three intercepts), eight marks (one intercept), three clearances, two tackles, 1,0, one goal assist, three score involvements, three rebound 50s and three inside 50s.
The casualty of the round was Launceston's Jake Kolodjashnij.
The Geelong defender from Launceston saw his night come to an end early after suffering a knee to the head from teammate Jordan Clark in a marking contest before quarter-time.
He will be monitored ahead of the Cats' clash with St Kilda at Marvel Stadium on Saturday.
Before that moment, Kolodjashnij had collected three possessions and took two marks.
The round started with Burnie's Brody Mihocek putting in a solid personal performance as Collingwood were upset by Hawthorn.
Mihocek kicked 1.1 and had three score involvements from 12 possessions, with seven marks and four tackles.
Meanwhile, Devonport's Grant Birchall continued his comeback with another strong showing for Box Hill in the VFL.
The four-time premiership Hawk had 17 possessions and took 10 marks for Hawthorn's VFL side in its win over Geelong.
The match report on Hawthorn's website said Birchall was part of a group of Box Hill defenders, along with Damian Mascitti and Teia Miles, who "were back to their best at controlling the football and driving it forward off half-back" during the contest.
With three matches now under his belt, the 31-year-old has potentially put himself in a strong position to make his long awaited comeback in his home state when Hawthorn hosts Fremantle at UTAS Stadium on Saturday at 2.10pm. Birchall hasn't been seen at senior level since round 15, 2017, due to knee problems then a calf issue.
If he does return for the Launceston match, which would be his 246th overall, it will be his 39th outing in the city, which has him sixth on an overall list headed by ex-teammate Luke Hodge, who will get the chance to take his tally to 47 when Brisbane visit in round 19.
Birchall, who other than Jarryd Roughead (44) and Shuan Burgoyne (41), has played the most games of any current Hawk at the venue, averages 23.34 touches a game at the ground where he made his debut and celebrated his first personal milestones at, up slightly from his career average of 22.14. He has played in 32 wins in his home state.