UNDEFEATED Tanunda survived a brief scare from Gawler Central to claim a 31-point victory in Barossa, Light & Gawler reserves football on Saturday.
Despite both sides’ vastly different positions on the ladder, the Magpies only led by nine points after the Tigers started well.
A few questionable umpiring decisions midway through the third term halted Central’s momentum, and allowed the Magpies to extend that lead to 14 points by three-quartertime.
Unfortunately, limited fitness thwarted the Tigers and Tanunda ran away with the match. Callum Michael booted three for the victors, while Corey Nesbitt was the main target up forward for Central with two majors.
Meanwhile, Nuriootpa’s undefeated streak also remained intact after it knocked off Barossa District by 10 points.
The Tigers got away to an early lead, but the Bulldogs refused to go away until it was too little, too late in the final term.
Chris Hoffmann kicked three goals for the Tigers.
South Gawler moved into fourth on the table after it thrashed Freeling by 115 points.
Jarred Johnson kicked four goals, while Jono Costa, Ben Washington and Jacob Pearson all kicked three in the win.
Lastly, reigning premier Angaston flexed its muscle as it dismantled Kapunda by 57 points.
Toby Talbot was a man on a mission for the Panthers, kicking four majors.
Tanunda took one step closer to the senior colts finals after it defeated Gawler Central by 35 points.
The Magpies, led by Lewis Cowham, dominated from start to finish, but the margin could have been larger had they kicked straighter.
Cowham kicked three majors, while Blade Trevorrow snagged two.
Nuriootpa gave itself a two-game buffer in fourth place after it defeated fifth-placed Barossa District by one goal.
The sides couldn’t be split at quarter-time, and the Tigers led by one point at the main change.
However, Nuri kicked away to lead by 13 points at three-quarter-time and held onto the lead.
Jack Henke kicked four majors in the win.
South Gawler had a comfortable day at the office, belting Freeling by 141 points.
Jordan Tippins slotted five, while Brandon Ninnes, Jacob Pearson and Luke Ranaldo kicked three each.
Angaston held off a late fightback from Kapunda to win by 17 points.
Zak Heintze-Unger slotted three goals for the Panthers, while William Glen kicked three for the Bombers.
Meanwhile, Tanunda secured a 28-point win over Gawler Central in junior colts.
Shay Linke was the star of the show for the Pies with four majors.
Nuriootpa dealt Barossa District its first defeat of the year, winning by 12 points.
Kai Rosenzweig was best on ground for the victors, as they kicked 3.11.
A Mitch Lovell-led Freeling thumped South Gawler by 71 points.
Lovell slotted five majors, while Josh Whimpress kicked three.
Lastly, Angaston defeated Kapunda by 14 points in a close game.
Kipp Elsworthy and Ryan Dixon kicked two each for the Panthers.