Benalla’s Jarrad Waite helped North Melbourne produce a Good Friday upset with a blistering best-on-ground display.
The power forward was dominant and got his side rolling in a second-half blitz, with 24 disposals, 14 marks and a goal in the Kangaroos’ 52-point win against St Kilda.
Rochester’s Shaun Atley (17 disposals) and Mooroopna product Jy Simpkin (15 disposals) also had days to remember, but Atley blew his chance to really get in on the act with three behinds.
Port Adelaide came through with one of the weekend’s biggest wins, knocking off highly fancied Sydney at the SCG.
Echuca star Ollie Wines was huge, racking up 35 touches, 12 clearances and a goal in the Power’s win, ably helped by Deniliquin prospect Todd Marshall with three goals, taking his tally to seven in two weeks.
Katamatite’s Tom Clurey had 11 possessions, while Benalla’s Tom Rockliff failed to live up to his lofty standards with only nine touches.
Gold Coast’s 34-point win against Carlton at Etihad Stadium was highlighted by Kyabram boy Nick Holman’s continued career revival, with 15 touches and 11 tackles.
Jarrod Harbrow also made an impact with 17 disposals.
Kyabram export Brett Deledio helped his GWS Giants earn a rare win at the MCG, with 22 touches and six inside 50s in their 16-point win against Collingwood.
The Magpies’ Tallygaroopna export Steele Sidebottom had 24 touches and eight clearances in his side’s second straight defeat.
David Mundy (Seymour) wound back the clock with a brilliant showing as his Fremantle side rolled Essendon in its first game at Perth’s new Optus Stadium.
The Docker had 22 disposals and two goals in the upset 16-point win.
Mooroopna export Clayton Oliver racked up 35 disposals, 11 clearances and eight tackles as Melbourne held off Brisbane for a 26-point win.