Third-placed Western Districts got over the line in a close Mid West encounter against Elliston on Saturday, winning by 10 points.
There was little to split the teams until the final quarter, when the Tigers edged ahead to create a four-point buffer between the sides on the table with a 7-11 (53) to 6-7 (43) result.
Elliston led by two points at quarter-time, helped by inaccurate kicking from Western Districts who ended the quarter with 1-6.
Two goals apiece in the second term kept the Roosters ahead by the same margin at the long break.
However, the Tigers had the better of the second half and kicked two goals to one in the third term to lead by three points and did the same in the final quarter to secure the win.
Kade Gill’s three goals were important for the Tigers.
West Coast defeated gallant Wudinna 10-8 (68) to 7-11 (53) in a battle between first and sixth.
The Hawks maintained their perfect season and after leading by a goal at quarter-time must have thought they would power on having extended the lead to 24 points at half-time.
Yet the Magpies kept the leaders scoreless in the third term to reduce the gap, although would rue only adding 1-5.
Three goals each in the fourth term saw West Coast home by 15 points.
West Coast’s Nathan Johnson led the scoring with three goals.
Central Eyre had an easier time against Wirrulla to win by 72 points.
The Bulldogs were too good in the first half as they piled on 13 goals to one, with the match ending 16-17 (113) to 6-5 (41).
Wirrulla was kept scoreless in the opening term as Central Eyre put through six majors, before extending the lead to 81 points at half-time.
The Bombers showed fight in the second half but by then the match was over as a contest and Central Eyre cruised to their 11th victory of the season.
Zac Fitzgerald grabbed five goals.
There were B grade wins for Western Districts over Elliston, Wudinna against West Coast and for Central Eyre over Wirrulla.