All three senior SCAFL results at Tathra on Saturday were tilted by scoring in the dying minutes of play.
The Sea Eagles at home rallied from behind to claim wins against the returning Wyndham Wedgies in reserve grade and later against the Pambula ladies outfit.
The visiting Panthers gained the upper hand in the senior fixture, booting clear of the Sea Eagles and holding on to a three-point advantage at the final siren to claim a narrow 10-9-69 to 10-6-66 result.
Meanwhile, the Diggers played host to Narooma at Berrambool and backed up for a second straight win to now lead the competition after a 6-9-45 to 5-5-35 result.
In the senior fixture at Tathra, the Panthers had rallied some early points and were beginning to take charge by the second quarter.
It was there that Clint Phillips emerged as a critical player for Tathra, putting three kicks squarely through the sticks as the club chased a four-point deficit going into the main break.
By three-quarter time, the scores were locked up at 50 apiece and just like the earlier two games, the final period would decide the outcome.
The Panthers were able to pull just enough from the energy tank to lead three goals to two in the final quarter to hang on for the result with Josh Fountain leading their tally on four majors.
Earlier the Wyndham Wedgies had a wonderful contest for their first return clash, but a quick flurry of late goals to Tathra saw them go down 6-7-43 to 4-5-29.
Officials said it was wonderful to welcome the return of the Wedgies to the competition and commended them on a great opening round contest.
In the women's contest, Pambula had been buoyed by support from the Bay Seahawks players who will miss the 2020 season in their league to lead by a handful of points early in the final quarter.
The Eaglettes rallied in the last to win 5-5-35 to 5-2-32.
At Merimbula, the Narooma Lions had fired to a fast start in the first quarter, before the Diggers found their stride to stop the visitors in their tracks for a scoreless second quarter on Saturday.
The Diggers found themselves on the back foot early in the piece but quickly volleyed to a commanding performance in the second quarter to hold a narrow seven-point lead from the Lions.
Will Regan again stood up as a capable performer, bagging two goals alongside four individual goal kickers out of the Merimbula camp as they extended the lead to 12 points after the third quarter.
The punishing speed and skill of the Diggers continued into the last to hold off a strong finish from the Lions as both clubs found two six pointers.
Earlier, the Diggers had gone down to the Lions in reserves 7-7-49 to 6-5-41.
The competition will move to round three of just eight weeks on Saturday.