Elsewhere, Werribee's in-form cohort continued in style, with their attacking livewire booting seven goals from 25 possessions, while a young Magpie booted six of his own to press his case for a recall.
Here's all the latest from around 15 of the VFL.
Brisbane vs Richmond (58 - 59)
For the second time this year, Jacob Bauer converted after the final siren to claim a famous VFL win for the Tigers, with the second-year forward booting the last two goals of Friday's game to see his side move into the top eight.
Bauer was influential in his ability to impact the game at both ends of the game and would end the day with 24 disposals and a trio of goals to be the Tigers' best.
Sydney vs Geelong (69 - 77)
Swan Jake Bartholomaeus had 27 disposals, five tackles, six marks and six clearances in the narrow loss, while Harry Morrison piled on two goals late into the game to keep his side with a chance.
Werribee vs Sandringham (141 - 65)
Werribee made it nine wins on the trot on Saturday to retain their place on the podium of the ladder and shorten the gap on the top two, with ace Shaun Mannagh booting seven goals in the 76-point win.
Mannagh had 25 possessions, nine clearances and six tackles in the BOG performance, while reliable onballer Tom Gribble had 36 possessions and 13 clearances.
Harrison Grintell and Michael Sodomaco kicked four goals each in what was a handy percentage booster for the Tigers.
Sandringham found some much-needed form from veteran midfielder Zak Jones, who had 35 possessions and 10 clearances in his second game of the season.
Carlton vs Northern Bullants (125 - 40)
Carlton midfielder Paddy Dow was again at his best on Saturday in what was his first VFL showing since Round 10, with the onballer recording a team-high total of 29 possessions against the Bullants to go with his three goals.
Jaxon Binns amassed 29 possessions and a goal to continue his impressive campaign, while Lachie Cowan is finding better form since returning from injury, amassing 25 possessions.
Jean-Luc Velissaris was again among the Bullants' best with another 35 disposals and eight clearances, while teammate Patrick Fairlie led the game for touches with 38 and a goal.
Box Hill vs Port Melbourne (83 - 60)
The Hawks returned to the winner's list on Saturday through a convincing victory over the Borough, who have now won just two games in their past eight.
Box Hill was dominant through the two middle quarters to have a lead of 37 points heading into the final term before taking their foot off the pedal.
In a surprising move for the Hawks, defender Denver Grainger-Barras was moved forward and kicked four goals from six marks in attack, while Cam Mackenzie also had a helping hand forward of the ball with two goals from his 23 possessions.
Port Melbourne's Matt Signorello continued his fine form with three goals from 17 touches, while Jake Gasper also popped up with a trio of majors himself.
Footscray vs Coburg (108 - 76)
Footscray star Lachie Sullivan was again a standout for the Bulldogs through the middle, amassing 37 possessions and 16 clearances in the club's 32-point win over Coburg.
Darcy's haul of three majors saw the second-year Dog enjoy a strong return from injury, while Khamis also added more pressure for Luke Beveridge come selection.
Lion Ben Jepson led the way for Coburg as we've seen on a multitude of occasions in 2023, amassing 23 possessions and four marks in the loss.
Coburg are still chasing their first win of the year, while the Bulldogs have mow gone unbeaten in their last four to sit in 14th.
Frankston vs Collingwood (31 - 126)
The Magpies cruised into a top 10 spot on the ladder following a fiery affair against Frankston, while the Dolphins suffered their fifth straight loss.
Collingwood's Reef McInnes continued his strong VFL season with six goals from 15 possessions on Sunday afternoon, while second-year midfielder Josh Carmichael followed suit with a trio of goals from 22 touches.
Finlay Macrae and Campbell Hustwaite combined in midfield to give Josh Fraser's forward a good look in front of goal, with the Magpies piling on 36 scoring shots to Frankston's 11 for the day.
Kai Owens and Ryley Stoddart were at their usual best for the Dolphins during what was a poor outing for the standalone club.
Casey vs GWS (134 - 38)
Young Demon Jacob van Rooyen responded to his selection shock with a four-goal haul in his VFL return, combining nicely with fellow young tall Matt Jefferson in attack.
The Demons' father-son young gun collected 31 touches to go with his three goals, while midfielder James Jordon collected a team-high 41 possessions in the win.
Blake Howes put up strong numbers with 28 disposals and nine marks as he too presses a case for an AFL debut.
North Melbourne vs Williamstown (87 - 34)
The Kangaroos have continued their strong vein of form to collect their fifth straight win and now sit among the top six on the ladder.
North Melbourne put their foot down midway through the third term to claim a convincing win, with first-year forward Cooper Harvey booting five goals from 20 possessions to close in on a senior debut.
Tristan Xerri's plans for a return were also done no harm in the Williamstown matchup, with the Roos ruckman posting 29 possessions, seven tackles, seven marks, 31 hitouts and 11 clearances on Sunday at home.
After making the move to the Seagulls from Arden Street for this year, Williamstown defender Marty Hore impressed against his old side on his way to collecting 28 possessions.
Essendon vs Gold Coast (77 - 76)
Anthony McDondald-Tipungwuti slotted a behind after the siren to snap Essendon's losing run and hopefully keep the Bombers in the race for finals.
The score was all that separated the two sides in what was a tight contest between a struggling side and the competition's best side in Gold Coast.
The Bombers booted three behinds to see out a win, with a quartet of players booting two goals each as the Suns stumbled to successfully claw back in front.
First-year Bomber Elijah Tsatas was exceptional in the win, collecting a game-high 35 possessions and eight tackles in what was a mature showing for the teenager.
Despite Chris Burgess and Brodie McLaughlin combining for six goals and some accurate shooting from the Suns, the ladder leaders couldn't break away from the rest of the competition when the opportunity presented itself.