A helping hand from Scottsdale saw Old Scotch extend their fairytale NTFA Shield run by at least a week - qualifying them for finals.
The Thistles had the chance to confirm their finals spot with a win over Old Launcestonians on Friday night but the Blues stole it from their grasp in a 11.11 (77) to 11.10 (76) battle.
OLs didn't hold the lead until the final minute of the clash, squeezing through with the momentum and pressure built throughout to finish the season undefeated against their fellow division one sides.
The returning Jordan Tepper led a brigade of Jeremy Jackson, captain Matthew Spohn and Julian Rattray as they all booted two for the Blues while Scotch stars Charlie Eastoe and Connor Dixon found the big sticks three times each under lights.
BRIDGENORTH V SCOTTSDALE
Old Scotch's loss gave Bridgenorth the opportunity to overtake them and shoot into fourth spot but the Parrots were unable to overcome Scottsdale.
Bridgenorth led at the first break but didn't make the most of their opportunities in front of goal all day and the Magpies made them pay with an accurate performance in the 13.4 (82) to 9.18 (72) win.
Prominent goal-kicking tandem Dan Berry (three) and Mitch Bennett (two) forever looked dangerous for the Magpies, with a six-goal second term putting the North-East boys on top.
But the Parrots would continue to chip away at the ledger, which sat at 16 points with seemingly minutes to go in the last until Gary Shipton and Matt Zanetto slotted majors to put the pressure on.
Ethan Tyson and Ethan Petterwood were Scottsdale's strongest while 300-gamer Chris Walker was unstoppable in defence for Bridgenorth, taking plenty of intercept marks as a loose man.
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BRACKNELL V MEANDER VALLEY
Bracknell took out the Speak Up Stay Chatty Cup and honoured the memory of reserves premiership player Kyle Gray with a 10.14 (74) to 6.6 (42) win over Meander Valley.
A five-goal second term helped the Redlegs establish a 34-point buffer but the Suns pegged it back to just 13 at the final break to be in the game.
But the victors came home too strong, holding the home side scoreless to take home the cup with Brad Etchell named best on ground.
He booted two alongside Richard Howe and Corry Goodluck while Simon Dingemanse and coach Damien Rhind did the same for Meander Valley, who once again saw Richie Heazlewood shine.
DELORAINE V UTAS
Brayden Butler's six goals in a best-on-ground performance paved the way for Deloraine in a 19.23 (137) to 2.3 (15) victory over UTAS.
The Latrobe recruit has been a model of consistency for the Kangaroos in the shield season and continued the trend on Saturday as the returning Tyson Gardam (three), Adam Crawford, Lucas Bakes and Nathan Green all booted multiples.
The Lions kicked a goal in each of the first two quarters through Ben Nicholson and John Morgan before the second-placed Deloraine stopped their flow.
Butler was joined in the Kangaroos' best by young gun Tristan Webb in his fourth senior game, Crawford and veteran Brad Crowden while Will Claessens and Liam Guardia were UTAS' best.