An eight-goal Sonny Whiting masterclass ensured a 12-point LILYDALE victory over East Coast and edged the forward within three of cracking triple figures.
Nailing four in the opening quarter, Lilydale's number seven was going head-to-head with opponent Michael Murfet, who finished with five as the Demons found themselves struggling.
An eight-goal second term led by Ethan Goldfinch's three majors had the Demons 10 points behind but Whiting's star quality shone through and the undefeated side roared home.
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Zach Barwick kicked four as workmate Trent Griggs collected marks aplenty across half-back with Michael Musicka, Corey Bosworth and Will Stoltenberg doing the heavy lifting in the tight defeat.
Following a two-point scare against their opponents in round seven, ST PATS put their foot to the throat of Meander Valley and produced a strong 19.17 (131) to 4.7 (31) win.
Jacob Knight (five), Claye Young (four) and Jacob Murphy (three) all had impressive games in front of the big sticks with the Saints keeping a tight grip on second place in the triple-figure win.
Murphy and Jacob Parker were the victors' best as Matt Nicholson and Richard Heazlewood kicked the Suns' quota in a strong Liam Saunders showing.
Field Reeves' NTFA return brought joy to OLD LAUNCESTONIANS as the forward booted home four majors in the Blues' 14.17 (101) to 4.3 (27) win over Old Scotch.
Lloyd Evans, Julian Rattray and Matthew Spohn all chipped in with two each as the Blues kept in fourth place with the strong performance, sitting equal on points with Bridport.
Josh Matthews kicked two in the Thistles' heavy loss as co-captains Tom Pedley and Jonty Swallow continued to lead their side through tough times.
BRIDPORT continued to achieve their goal of winning matches as they accounted for Uni-Mowbray in a 28.12 (180) to 6.8 (44) win.
More than half of Adam Howlett's men hit the scoreboard with Scottsdale recruit Joseph Krushka inflicting the most damage with eight majors for the Seagulls.
Daniel Pickersgill kicked two for Uni in the loss with Ben Nicholson and Dane Colman valiant in defeat.
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