THE Padthaway Lions roared over top five rivals Mundulla in the closest game of KNTFL A grade football on Saturday - and again it was their star imports who led the way.
Former Adelaide Crow Ian Perrie dominated the ruck and fellow ex-Crow Scott Welsh was ever-dangerous in the forward line with six goals as the Lions held on to win by just 18 points in a tight last quarter, 10.19 (79) to 9.7 (61). Mundulla's Daniel Burgess kicked another four goals to take his tally to 26 for the season.
Unfortunately all of the other four matches had winning margins of roughly 100 points or more.
Penola sent yet another message that could be the favourite to win back-to-back premierships with a thumping win over Border Districts. Coach Adam Merrett, in his 200th game, kicked 15 goals to make it 25 in two weeks (43 for the season), and there were a host of other good players in the dominant 29.10 (184) to 12.4 (76) win.
Keith smashed the struggling Kybybolite 28.19 (187) to 13.8 (86), with Ben Simounds kicking nine goals and Brad King six, while Kyby's Scott Carberry answered with seven at the other end.
In a game that was expected to be closer, Bordertown belted the injury-hit Naracoorte 22.25 (157) to 9.4 (58). Jed Jarrett kicked six goals for the victors, who at least could hang their hat on the fact that young players filled most of the best player positions.
Kaniva/Leeor United kicked away in the second half to beat Lucindale 26.20 (176) to 12.8 (80), with imports Leigh Ryan and Dylan Williams sharing 12 goals and James Turner best on ground.