Inverloch-Kongwak is the latest and greatest side to fall victim to Nar Nar Goon’s stunning run of form.
The Goon withstood a stirring last-quarter comeback from the Sea Eagles, with their one behind to the visitors’ four goals and two behinds enough to hold onto the premiership points 12.7 (79) to 12.6 (76).
It was the home side’s sixth win from its last seven games and propelled them into the top five for the first time this season.
Tom Dovaston spearheaded the attack with six goals in a best-on-ground performance, with Trent Noy and Jordan Stewart other key contributors.
Dylan Clark, Josh Purcell and Dan Houston were best for Inverlock-Kongwak in the visitors’ second defeat of the campaign, which left them eight points behind ladder leader Dalyston.
The Goon also won the day on the netball courts, with sharpshooter Shannon Johns tallying 39 goals in the 54-27 victory.
Nar Nar Goon’s move into the top half came at the expense of Koo Wee Rup, which fell to Cora Lynn in a see-sawing contest at Denhams Rd.
The Demons trailed by 20 points at half-time, despite registering the same number of scoring shots as the visiting Cobras, before exploding with seven goals in the third term to lead at the final change.
However, Cora Lynn wasn’t done with yet and ran out the game superbly to win 13.12 (90) to 12.14 (86).
Nathan Langley added four more goals to his tally to move within one of a half-century, with David Main and Nathan Gillis (three goals) also prominent for the third-placed Cobras.
Daniel Calteri, Ben Collins (three goals) and Nathan Voss (four goals) were best for the Demons, who slipped outside the top five on percentage.
Koo Wee Rup’s A grade side proved too strong, winning 44-38 on the back of Alexia Bell’s 30 goals.
Bunyip came within a whisker of upsetting second-placed Magpies in the A grade clash at Dalyston.
The seventh placed visitors led at every change, including a four-goal lead at three-quarter-time, but couldn’t hold on and eventually fell 34-35.
The hosts had no such trouble in the senior football clash, winning 19.13 (127) to 7.8 (50).
Brad Fisher was unstoppable with nine goals, while Chris Graham and Jack Legione were other standouts, as the Magpies increased their lead at the top of the ladder.
Joel Gibson, Ben Stewart and Michael Whyte battled hard for the Bulldogs, whose search for a maiden victory goes on.
Phillip Island maintained its place in the race for finals football, with a 21-point win against Korumburra-Bena.
The likes of Brendan Kimber, Nick Higginson and Jarrod Witnish were instrumental in the 10.9 (69) to 7.6 (48) win, while Jake McMillan, Josh Hill and Ben Fitzpatrick (three goals) helped keep the Giants in it.
The Bulldogs finished the round seventh, but level on points with Nar Nar Goon in fifth.
It was business as usual for the Giants’ A grade side, which accounted for the Island 53-27 in an ominous display against a side placed third on the ladder.
Kilcunda Bass collected some breathing space in the top five, with a 24-point win against Garfield.
Taylor Gibson booted four goals, while Chris Endres and David Hutchinson starred in the Panthers’ 10.5 (65) to 5.11 (41) win.
Dean Johnson, Daniel Helmore and Tyler McDonald were best for the Stars, who remain two games off the pace in the race for finals in eighth.
The Panthers A grade side recorded their second win of the season against Garfield 38-33.
Steph Gibbs was the difference, contributing 31 of the visitors’ 38 goals.
After a one-week break, the clash between inform Nar Nar Goon and minor premiership frontrunner Dalyston looms as the match of the round, while Kilcunda-Bass hosts Inverloch-Kongwak in another intriguing battle.
There is plenty to play for at Garfield where the home side will be out to keep its slim finals hopes alive with a win against top five chasing Phillip Island, while Bunyip and Cora Lynn host Koo Wee Rup and Korumburra-Bena respectively.