It was the most entertaining round of footy for the year so far, and it all finished just in time for the Showdown to rip my clogged heart from my chest.
The Magpies and the Eagles played out a one-point nail-biter at Warooka, where the home side had a chance late but could only manage a behind.
The results lifts Paskeville to third and has it looking a likely top-five finished.
But the Magpies will have to overcome the injury bug to stay in contention for a double chance.
The Cougars are alone at the top of the ladder after winning a heated clash against Moonta.
Tempers flared and perhaps some love taps affected the Demon players’ inner ears because they kicked eight straight points during what could have been a final-quarter comeback.
Kadina had five goals on the board against Bute in the first quarter, and held the Roosters to no score.
But from there Bute kicked 11 goals to one as the Bloods remained on track to be the first team in quite some time to win a flag and a wooden spoon in consecutive years.
The CMS Crows took a half to shake off Ardrossan before knocking the Roos out of the top five.
- Paskeville v Kadina
The Magpies have gone from strength to strength on the park this year. The Bloods have gone from poor to worse. Yet I feel like this could be a danger game for the Magpies, who are running low on players and don’t appear to have a lot of options in their struggling B grade to fill the gaps. At home I will still give Pasky the edge. At the final siren... Paskeville by three goals.
- Ardrossan v Moonta
The road to the finals only gets bumpier for Ardrossan but, if my beaten-up old HQ from back in the day proved anything, it is still possible to cough and splutter to your destination. The Dees lost their first game for the year on Saturday (the judges are still deliberating as to which team won the fights, although I didn’t see any Cougars players with broken noses) and will come out fired up this week. At the final siren... Moonta by six goals.
- Wallaroo v CY Cougars
The Bulldogs have been battling all year, especially since their player/coach was cut down by a busted thumb. Not only has Cutting been unable to play, his teammates have not known whether they are doing the right thing – every action has received a thumb’s up. Will they get another win this week? Thumbs down. At the final siren... Cougars by nine goals.
- CMS Crows v Bute
A win here would draw Bute level with the Crows and Southern Eagles on points, although the Roosters’ percentage needs some work. Still, after almost a full round of games that’s a great effort for the young Bute lads. Josh Smithson has dominated for the Roosters and should be on an AFL list based on his underage resume. Their loss has been Bute’s gain. At the final siren... Crows by four goals.