Bracknell signaled its intentions for 2021, defeating fellow premiership favourites South Launceston at the Bulldogs' home ground, 9.10 (64) to 9.4 (58).
A four goal to one third quarter turned the game in the Redlegs' favour, converting a 10-point half-time deficit into an 11-point lead at the last break.
It took almost 15 minutes of end-to-end footy for the first major of the game to be scored, with Bracknell's Cal Mulder falling back with the flight to break the seal.
Jake Laskey and 16-year-old debutant Tom Beaumont pegged it back to the delight of the South Launceston players and fans before a goal-square scramble resulted in a Bracknell major and had the scores all tied up at quarter-time.
Lochie Cocker and Leigh Harding made their presence felt in the second, with Cocker booting two in his first game at the Dogs and the dangerous mid-forward kicking one himself and collecting plenty before the main break.
The Redlegs came out of the break with a bang, trading majors before running through with three straight to fresh trio Sam Douglas, Josh Holland and Matty Dennis to create their three-quarter-time lead.
From there it became Harding's time to shine, putting the Bulldogs on his back and telling them to run with him in the final term.
He kicked the first to shake things up as tempers began to rise and premier league footy certainly felt back but a goal to Josh Triffett stemmed the momentum until Beaumont brought it back to a kick in it with minutes to spare.
Play remained held in the Redlegs' forward 50 until the Dogs had one last roll of the dice, which was stopped by the whistle and eventually, the siren.
Holland, Sam Borlini and Dennis were all superb in their first game for Bracknell, while Harding and skipper Luke McCarty were South Launceston's best.
Deloraine powered home with a seven-goal final term to defeat Rocherlea 10.10 (70) to 7.9 (51) in a rematch of last season's NTFA Shield grand final.
Coastal recruit Darren Banham kicked seven in his first game for the Kangaroos, nailing 70 per cent of his side's majors in a best-on-ground showing that saw them come back from an 18-point deficit at the final break.
In what turned out to be a goalkicking showdown, Rocherlea's Josh Holton (three) and coach Andrew Cox-Goodyer kicked five between them meaning 12 of the game's 17 majors were scored by the three forwards.
Coach Lochy Dornauf followed Banham in his side's best as did captain Jarrod Scott while young Rocherlea defenders Bailey Wells and Corey Cochrane shone for the Tigers in the former's first game for the club.
Scottsdale made the most of its match-up under lights, defeating 2019 premiers Hillwood 12.10 (82) to 5.10 (40).
Recruits Kyle (four) and Jack Lanham were commanding targets up forward for the victorious Magpies, kicking seven between them as Brady Gee also kicked multiple majors.
Three of the Sharks' recruits got themselves in on the scoring with their best player Nash Digney, Che Haines and Alistair Taylor all finding the big sticks as fellow newbies Alex Blackaby, Karlton Wadley and Travis Praciak impressed.
Magpies coach Ethan Petterwood was best afield as Jacob Singline also stood up.
While Scottsdale's lit-up match went to plan, Bridgenorth's maiden late-game slot didn't, with the Parrots defeated soundly by Longford, 13.16 (94) to 1.5 (11).
Recruit Luke Murfet-Cohen booted four, Lachlan Dakin three and Mitchell Bennett two as the Tigers tore apart the home side in Logan Wright's 200th club game.
Wright was named best on ground for the Parrots with Rohan Sergeant kicking the side's sole major as Jackson Blair proved his talents weren't kept on the cricket field alongside North Launceston recruits Jaidyn Harris and Connor Pearton.
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