No football season would be complete without a draw and it seems like Old Scotch and Deloraine got the memo, battling out a 7.14 (56) to 9.2 (56) blockbuster at the NTCA ground.
Old Scotch's Lachie Bremner had the chance to fulfill the boyhood dream with a shot after the siren from the boundary line of the 50-metre arc but was unable to register a score, bringing the crowd to an eerie silence.
A six-goal Deloraine run in the first half looked to swing the game in the Kangaroos' favour as they led by 15 at the main break but the Thistles kept within arm's reach.
Splitting the third quarter, they started the last with three behinds which eventually proved to be their downfall as they controlled the offence.
Goals to David Morgan and Ricky Evans secured the lead for the first time since the second term before Ty Triffitt wrestled it back.
Connor Dixon looked to have the lead back in Scotch's hands with a mark and goal in the square but a controversial push in the back was paid and the Thistles could only register minor scores from there on in.
Dixon kicked two and Deloraine's Dom Shegog three as the only multiple goal-kickers on the park while Tom Pedley and Ryan Worn led the way for Old Scotch and Brayden Butler and Shegog for the Kangaroos.
ROCHERLEA v BRIDGENORTH
Rocherlea secured the minor premiership while putting a dark cloud above Bridgenorth's finals hopes with a 14.10 (94) to 11.11 (77) win over the Parrots.
The Cox-Goodyer brothers - Kaiden and Andrew - combined again for eight of the Tigers' haul but this time it was the former who did the major damage, booting six.
Josh Holton kicked three in a best-on performance as Jordan Cousens, Corey Anderson and returning ruckman Cooper Praciak led the way.
Declan Boyd and Brady Demeijer shone for the Parrots, who now need to defeat Scottsdale next week to have the chance to confirm their finals status.
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UTAS v MEANDER VALLEY
Meander Valley picked up their first win of the season in an emphatic 16.21 (117) to 6.1 (37) victory over UTAS.
UTAS burst out of the blocks with a four-goal first term but could only add another two for the contest as Meander piled on the majors with 14 in the last three quarters.
Best on ground Richie Heazlewood got reward for his weeks of hard work with six majors, assisted by Simon Dingemanse's five and Anthony Johnson's efforts.
Lockwood Duncombe (four) and Jack Stone (two) kicked the Lions' goals as Tom Maddock impressed.
SCOTTSDALE V OLD LAUNCESTONIANS
Scottsdale made their finals pursuit next week much easier with a dominant 14.5 (89) to 3.7 (25) win over Old Launcestonians under lights.
Mitch Bennett continued his goal-kicking form with four in Christian Barnes' 100th game as the Magpies piled on a ten-goal second half.
Julian Rattray and Alex Downie were the best Blues in defeat as Kieran Fullard, Matthew Spohn and Sam Rawlings kicked goals.