Reigning premier Loxton North moved to second position on the Riverland A Grade Football premiership table and relegated Barmera Monash to third in the process.
But with the minor round to end next Saturday the exciting battle between the Panthers and Roos for the double chance in the finals is far from over.
Barmera Monash is to host fifth ranked Renmark, a danger if at its top, while Loxton North travels to the nest of the high flying Waikerie Magpies.
The table stands at Waikerie 26 points, Loxton North 20 (55.08%), Barmera Monash 18 (59.46%) Berri 14, Renmark 10 and Loxton 0.
At Barmera last Saturday Waikerie led the the home side 3.2 to 1.2 at break number 1, trailed 4.4 to 4.6 at half time, was back in front 8.7 to 6.8 at the turn for the finish line and won 11.11 (77) to 9.9 (63).
Jim Thomson, Luke Exton, Jackson Sutton, Matt Spencely (3 goals) and Tristan Geehman were in finals form for the Magpies and Richard O’Grady, Luke Thomas, Dudley Campbell and Danny Millard (4 goals) stood out for the Roos.
At Panther Park Berri’s extraordinary accuracy around goals kept it in the contest for much of the journey. The Demons led Loxton North 6.0 to 4.5 at the end of the opening term, North had edged clear 7.11 to 7.0 at the long interval and were 9.15 to 10.0 at three quarter time.
From there the Panthers went on to win 14.19 (103) to 12.2 (74) with Nathan Brown in Whillas Medal vote territory yet again, Matt Hampel in good form once more, Justin Proud, Jordan Hentschke and Kyle Worsfold also prominent.
For the visitor Grady Obst, Brody Thompson and Peter Safralidis were best and Scott Mumford booted 4 goals.
Renmark at home was on top of a much under strength Loxton from the outset. The Rovers’ host next Saturday, Barmera Monash, will want to take heed that in the Renmark win 17.12 (114) to 3.9 (27) some big guns were firing including best afield Matt Woolford (3 goals), Charlie Wiese, Trevor Thorpe, Jake Whenan and Tim Blight.
For the Tigers Michael Kirk and Pat Portolesi battled it out under pressure.