With all sides in the top six facing each other, a fixturing quirk also replicated in the bottom six, this round of Murray Football League action was always going to throw up some outstanding games.
It certainly delivered in spades.
One of the closest battles was between the bottom two sides.
Congupna eventually found a way to shake Finley, but only by 10 points, 16.13 (109) to 14.15 (99).
Daniel Schaper and Joel Costa (three goals each) did the damage up forward for The Road, while Duncan Clarke and Cam Robertson (three each) helped increase the Cats’ scoring output.
Echuca United secured the scalp it desperately needed, handing Barooga its second defeat in as many matches, 8.9 (57) to 5.11 (41).
The Eagles led at every change to dominate the contest, with Lance Oswald’s four goals earning him best afield honours.
There was to be no fairytale 200th game result for Hawks co-coach James Hazelman, but he was clearly his side’s best player in the disappointing showing.
Along with Mulwala and Echuca United, Deniliquin also engineered a huge upset on Saturday.
The Rams, like clockwork, flew out of the blocks in the first term to take a 25-point lead at quarter-time.
However, unlike previous encounters, Deniliquin was able to stave off Tongala’s inevitable challenge before streaming away to record the 11.11 (77) to 7.8 (50) victory.
Jayden Pitts starred for the Rams, kicking five goals.
At Moama Recreation Reserve, Numurkah was simply too good for the Magpies and won 16.9 (105) to 10.8 (68).
Brad Vassal, Michael Herlihy and Josh Evans all snared three majors in the triumph, while young Mitch Eade held his head high for the home side.
In the final game of the round, Cobram was pushed all the way against Rumbalara.
Rumba has found itself a forward target, but Beau Jackson could not lift his side to victory.
Jackson booted another four majors, while Djaran Whyman and Brad Armstrong (three each) also chipped in, but it was not enough as the Tigers took victory 15.14 (104) to 13.6 (84).
In what was a see-sawing affair, Rumba led at the first and third changes, but another outstanding game from Tyron Baden and four goals to Darcy McCormack secured the win for their side.