SOUTH Alice Springs showed why they are the leading side in this year's CAFL competition with a come-from-behind four-point win over Federal in their Round 11 clash at Albrecht Oval.
The Kangaroos led at half-time in a high scoring clash, but Federal stormed into the lead at three quarter time after booting four goals to two and looked headed for a morale boosting win.
But Souths repaid the favour with a four goal to two last term of their own to win a heartstopper at the expense of the Demons.
Coach Chris Forbes said his players had dug deep to secure the four premierships after Federal had come at them.
"Credit to our boys, we pulled back hard to win against a switched on and well coached side in Feds,'' Forbes added.
The Roos got maximum value from young forward Orlando Turner when he booted four goals from a forward pocket, continuing the form he showed for the Territory in the national under-16 titles in Darwin last week.
Marcus Glen and Darren Abbott were other good players in a Souths side that has now won six of its past seven games.
Defending premier Rovers rebounded from their last start loss to Pioneer by beating last year's grand finalists Wests by 37 points in league football's return to Traeger Park after a month's break due to Alice Springs hosting the Melbourne-Port Adelaide AFL game.
Forward Cameron Glover's five goals and four quarter performances by Travis King in the ruck and Gareth Renfrey ensured the Double Blues stayed in front despite a brave performance from Wests.
The win moved Rovers to second place on the league ladder. trailing the in-form Souths by 15 percentage points with four rounds remaining in the home and away round.
In women's football Souths stretched their unbeaten run to five matches with a comprehensive 21-point win over Alkamilya in Friday night's game at Albrecht Oval.
The Lady Roos got tremendous service from Shenika Hayes, who was impassable on a back flank and Felicia Swan through the middle who impressed with her sublime skills.
Swan and joint captain Ebony Miller booted two goals as the blue and whites doubled Alkamilya's score.
Rovers won a low scoring, physical encounter against Wests in the late game to go to the top of the women's ladder.
Midfielders Lara Harding, Shannan King and Kirstin Remfrey got plenty of the football on a freezing night at Traeger Park.
The Double Blues held a committed Wests outfit scoreless in a game where Felicia Swan's goals in the third and last quarters separated the two sides.
Sunday's community competition resumed after a four-week break with Mutijulu coming from 17 points down to upset Western Aranda at Albrecht Oval on Sunday.
Spectators at the noon clash between Mt Allan and Titjikala also watched a thriller, with second-placed Mt Allan holding on in a tense last quarter to win by two points.
Ltyentye Apurte stayed third with a classy 154-point win over cellar dwellers Areyonga in Sunday's afternoon game.