BRACKNELL outlasted Bridgenorth in a goal-kicking showdown at Parrot Park, coming away 14.16 (100) to 13.5 (83) winners.
Corry Goodluck (five) and Rohan Sergeant (four) went head-to-head at opposite ends of the park but it would be Goodluck and Bracknell that would emerge victorious as the Redlegs marginally led at every break.
The Parrots kicked the first of the clash but whenever they hit the scoreboard, Bracknell found an answer two-fold to lead by 17 at quarter-time.
Bridgenorth had a five-goal second term to reduce the margin to just eight at the main break as it looked like they were getting more bang for their buck despite Bracknell's repeat inside 50s but the pressure became too much as the Redlegs held on for their life.
Goodluck was the victors' best, helped along by Jack Dyer, Nicholas Jones and Jack Ross as Jake Nunn, Hamish Armstrong and Brady Demeijer shone for Bridgenorth.
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Scottsdale v Old Scotch
OLD SCOTCH completed the competition's biggest upset so far, becoming the first division one side to knock off a premier division outfit by defeating Scottsdale 12. 11 (83) to 8.2 (50).
Trailing at the first break, the Thistles wrestled their way in front by half-time but really asserted their dominance on the clash in the third, kicking six goals to two to lead by 40 going into the last.
Holding on for the victory, Connor Dixon backed up last week's effort and kicked four as Charlie Eastoe proved his worth once again with three while Lachlan Gee and Alec Fotheringham led the way.
Rocherlea v UTAS
ROCHERLEA coach Andrew Cox-Goodyer relished the chance to play under Friday night lights, kicking 10 as his side defeated UTAS 22.26 (158) to 2.2 (14).
Keeping the opposition scoreless for three quarters, as UTAS only hit the scoreboard in the third term, the Tigers roared to life as Cox-Goodyer closed his goal-kicking gap on Bridgenorth's Sergeant.
Josh Holton also kicked four in his second game back in yellow and black as Cody Weedon continued his form in defence while Brad Tuffin kicked a goal and was best-on for UTAS alongside regular suspect Liam Guardia and coach Brodie Tiernan.
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OL's v Meander Valley
OLD LAUNCESTONIANS jumped into second on the NTFA Shield ladder with a 19.17 (131) to 7.5 (47) win over Meander Valley.
The mid-week recruitment of North and South Launceston midfielder Jordan Tepper proved fruitful for the Blues, as he booted four majors and was named best-on in his first game for OLs.
Fellow recruits Tom Reinmuth (three goals) and Kieran Fullard impressed as Nathan Applebee kicked three and Richie Heazlewood did his thing for the defeated Suns.
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