It was rivalry round in Great Southern and the highlight was the four point win by McLaren over Willunga.
McLaren travelled to Willunga's home ground for a battle of two undefeated teams - and came away victorious.
McLaren werer off to a flier and had three goals on the scoreboard before the Demons realised the siren had sounded.
Grimley kicked the first two from close to goals then Branson the third while running through the 50 and kicking long and straight. Altus kicked Willunga's first after forcing a ball-up then reading Bass's tap to space, running clear and kicking accurately.
Two minutes later, Scott marked strongly across half-back then linked with Beath to get the ball to Lee whose precision pass allowed Martin to mark and goal. Altus, who'd played an outstanding quarter, kicked Willunga's equaliser when he roved a ball off-hands. McLaren up by five points at quarter time.
The second quarter was a tight tussle which Willunga won two goals to one to give them a two point lead at half-time. But there were ominous signs of a McLaren resurgence because Ellis lifted his intensity in that quarter.
Wakefield got an early goal for the visitors before Willunga countered through the classy Lee who snapped from an impossible angle. Zohar and Branson defended stoutly for the visitors before the class of Burdett and Bass set up a marking opportunity for Martin who kicked accurately to give Willunga the lead at half time.
The third quarter was a goal-fest: Willunga kicked five and McLarens four. Altus and Warmington ran hard and used their skills to set up Lee who kicked his third, but Wakefield and McKay put McLaren back in front.
A mark by Scott facilitated Martin's third goal for Willunga. Beath kicked another, then Billy and Johnny Cook combined to allow Billy to goal. The hard working Gill kicked one for McLaren to put them within four points at three-quarter time.
The last quarter was a cliff-hanger. Ellis rose above the stalemate. He ran clear of the congestion, steadied and goaled. Zohar marked strongly and allowed Wakefield to goal at the 20-minute mark and gave McLaren, what appeared to be, a narrow match-winning lead.
The final three minutes saw the lead seesaw. Lee goaled to bring Willunga within a kick. From the resulting centre bounce, the ball was kicked long to a huge pack 20-metres from Willunga's goal. When the big men landed it was Lee holding the ball aloft. He went back and coolly goaled with less than a minute remaining.
McLaren won the clearance and the ball went long and another off-the-ball free was awarded to McLaren. Grimley went back and slotted the goal to give McLaren victory on the final siren.
Encounter Bay record first win of season
A good crowd turned up at Encounter Bay oval for the local derby against Victor Harbor. Although Victor were the underdogs they were quickly on the board with a good goal through Jacob Eatts.
Eli Horrocks returning from injury replied for the Bays and then Gary Karpany in his first game for the year added another. Karpany snapped his second goal as the Bays took a 4-3 to 1-2 lead at quarter time.
The Roos were hard at it with young players putting a lot of pressure on the Eagles causing turnovers and skill errors.
Victor were playing good footy. Billy Wade was leading the way and setting a good example. Horrocks marked and goaled for the Bays and another to Davis-Neale. In the main the Eagles were off target with half time scores Bays 6-8 to Victor 1-3.
The third term saw Victor surge and for a short time the Bays supporters were on edge. Bartram marked well at full forward to start a momentum change and Wade, who was everywhere, kicked another. Eventually the elusive Karpany steadied the ship and Nick Marshall scored his first goal.
The Roos displaying much courage hit back when Jeffries snapped truly as Victor had the upper hand again. However the Eagles went into the last term with a six goal lead.
Baldock wandered forward for the Bay's and snapped truly, Horricks did likewise and it was game over. Victor to their credit did not give up. Wade and Sam Basham kicked a goal each to keep their score respectable as Bays ran out winners by 48 points.
The Roos lacked nothing in their pressure and endeavour. Wade was inspirational and the best player. Dowling was again right up there as was Dylan Kleinig.
Bays were fortunate that Horrocks and Karpany returned as they kicked four goals each and were in the best players. Davis-Neale did some great things while Bonnes was in and under all day.
Hawks pluck disappointing Roosters
The Hawks hosted their first home game playing their arch rivals, the Strathalbyn Roosters. The game started at the first bounce with Hawk Sellar rucking against Strath's Duffield.
Strath began with all guns blazing. They had three goals on the board early through the work of Simounds and O'Grady, before the Hawks settled with a major from McLeod.
The Hawks had the next 2 goals from the boot of Sellar, who was causing the Roosters trouble when he was resting in the Hawks forward lines. A late goal to the strong marking Simounds lifted his tally to three for the quarter, but the home side managed to hold an eight point margin at the first break.
The second term was all Langhorne Creek as they piled on 11 goals to one from Strath. Warren for the Hawks was picking up plenty of touches as Strath had lost their midfielder Greenbank to the bench.
The Hawks had a field day in their forward 50, with McGregor taking numerous marks and nailing three majors. Pegler for the visitors was working hard to try and stem the flow, but it was all one way traffic as the Hawks cruised to a 68 point margin at the main break.
The third term was again owned by the Hawks. Strath was getting some early options through Mahains and Noske, but they were lone hands as the Hawks pushed on with a constant stream of goals through McGregor, Howell and Sellar. The visitors scored majors through Martin and the strong marking Simounds,who was a standout on a tough day for the Roosters.
With a 99 point margin at the last break, the match was well and truly decided.
The last term was a quieter affair. The Hawks took their foot off the accelerator to prevail by 113 points.
Best players for the Hawks were Warren in the midfield, Sellar and Perrey. Strath were well served by Pegler, Edwards, Tucker and Simounds.
Dogs answer Mudlark challenge
Myponga/Sellicks took on Compass at Compass and the Dogs were quick to get serious on the scoreboard with Osmond, Connor and Green scoring the first three goals of the game.
Mudlark Wade Hutchinson, as he did for the whole day, was in everything along halfback. It was Trevena who scored their only goal for the quarter. Quarter time scores were Mount Compass 3-1 to Myponga/Sellicks 1-3.
There was nothing in it during the second term as both teams were very competitive and the Doigs held the lead by five points at the long break.
Compass was first out of the blocks in the second half, as a Hoban tap saw Zimmerman marking and goaling
Pongy were quick to reply on the back of W Hutchinson's hard work which saw Trevena goal from a free kick.
Ritter and Vitkunas brought up successive goals for Compass, but it was Kennedy who steadied the ship for Pongy. After a rugged passage of play, Ritter goaled after marking a raking kick from Z Vitkunas and it was Compass up by 12 points at the last change.
The last quarter started and it was a goal from Clark that had the Mudlarks thinking of their first victory of the season. It was not to be as the Dogs rattled on five goals to win by 36 points.
Tigers eat Magpies alive
From the start the Tigers were hustling, winning the centre, but it was a rushed goal by Goolwa/Port Elliot that opened up the first major. The Tigers showed early they were going to move the ball on quickly through the likes of Clark, Liddle and Gotch.
Goolwa/Port Elliot kept persevering against the backline and eventually broke through again, but the Tigers replied instantly, as young Shute was everywhere as was Kelly.
An even first term with the Tigers up by 10 points.
Miles for the Magpies was dominating and consistently getting the ball to Fry, only to be thwarted by that back line of the Tigers.
Thomas sprang to life and again claimed air space to kick a goal. The Tigers were not taking a backward step and led by 34 points at half time.
Could the Tigers put together four quarters, putting their fade in the third from last week behind them, the Tigers came out and hassled the scoreboard. Gotch was everywhere in the centre, but his delivery was off and had been most of day,
It was all the Tigers, as they kicked 6-1 to the Magpies 1-2 to put the game beyond doubt.
Mistakes by Goolwa/Port Elliot in the backline were punished, but Miles just kept battling on for his team leading the way and James Fry was busting his gut at fullback, repelling attacks.
Thomas stood up in last and was recipient of a much better team effort across the centre, options abound going forward. Thomas finished the day with a nine goal haul and the Tigers ran out victorious by 83 points.