Katunga has signalled its intentions as one of the competition’s better sides after defeating Rennie by five points at home.
Despite trailing at every break, co-coaches Daniel Burness and Eamon Reeves rallied their troops across the line to overturn a two-goal deficit at half-time to defeat the Grasshoppers 10.7 (67) to 9.8 (62).
Callum Wilson continued his dominant start to the season, kicking an additional three majors for the Swans to take his season tally to 32 goals in seven games, while Scott Lardi and Jacob Hodgkin were also dominant for the hosts.
Heading into Saturday’s battle between third and fourth, the Grasshoppers were without player-coach Craig Ednie, who suffered a punctured lung and serious torso injury against Tungamah, and Cooper Bennett who broke his collar bone in the same game.
Sam Ferguson was the visitors’ most influential going forward, booting three goals, while Mitch Collins Bye was again one of his side’s best.
As a result, the Grashoppers still sit in third, only ahead of the Swans by percentage.
●Meanwhile, Tungamah forward Ash Saunders defeated Katamatite himself on Saturday after kicking 12 goals for the hosts.
Tungamah, which sits second on the ladder, welcomed the Tigers to its den and proved too strong for Tyler Sprunt and Matt Dwyer’s charges, winning 29.12 (186) to 9.6 (60).
Along with Saunders’ magnificent dozen, Kade Rowe and Matt Clarke also chipped in with three goals, while Thomas Wilson and Drew and Duane Haebich also managed two apiece.
The Bears were dominant from the outset, jumping out to a 28-point lead at quarter-time, before a 19-goal second half blew the contest open and well out of reach of the travelling Tigers.
For the visitors it was more or less a one-man show with Brodie McDonald kicking five of his side’s nine goals.
The Tigers, who have only won one game this season, are now cemented in seventh place and are two wins behind their closest rivals.
●Dookie United has manifested its third win of the season after defeating the winless Katandra by 19 points, with Will Patone and Luke O’Connor staring for the victors.
Patone, a highly-touted junior, kicked three goals for United as the host held the Kats goalless in the final quarter and ran out the eventual winner, 10.8 (68) to 7.7 (49)
Former Shepparton footballer Kane Thompson also chipped in with two goals as United remains in touching distance of a finals position.
Meanwhile for the Kats, who has the second-lowest losing margin of the season, Michael Downes kicked two of his side’s seven goals, while Corey Hickford, Shane Bensch and Patrick Frappell were the visitors’ better players.