Waaia has produced a sensational win, Rennie made sure it remained in third position, but Katamatite continued to struggle.
Tungamah, which many had tipped to feature in this year’s grand final, was brought back down to earth on Saturday when Mick Cleeland’s Waaia defeated the Bears by 16 points.
The Bombers led at every break in a close affair, with the biggest margin of the day being when the final siren blew, as the the fourth-placed side ran out the winner 17.5 (107) to 14.7 (91).
Jeremy O’Brien’s side had won eight games on the trot before the loss at home and, as a result, now sits one game behind Shepparton East in second.
Bears’ Ash Saunders went head-to-head with Matt Brown and the duo kicked six goals each, but it was Brown’s sidekick Charlie Burrows who helped the Bombers across the line, kicking four goals of his own.
Jesse Trower, who rejoined the Bombers from Goulburn Valley League club Shepparton Bears earlier this season, was at his best for the Bombers, while Leigh Howroyd and Bodhi Butts continued their consistent start to the season for the eventual losers.
●A nine-goal second quarter has helped Rennie set up a comfortable victory against Katandra.
Craig Ednie’s Grasshoppers defeated the Kats by 106 points, with eight players managing two or more goals.
Cam Sudholz, Gareth Oughton and Nick O’Bryan all led the way kicking three goals each, while Kris Willett, Lachlan David, Jarryd Fountain and Jake Beams chipped in with two each.
The Grasshoppers only led by 20 points at quarter-time, but the class of Dean Bigger and Mitch Collins Bye showed, with the duo claiming best afield honours.
Ryleigh Shannon booted four goals for the Kats as Nathan Bovalino and Lachlan Dunkley drove the visitors forward.
Co-coaches Ramadan Yze and Sam Ahmet are still yet to taste victory this season, the side going down 21.14 (140) to 5.4 (34).
Ednie’s troops now sit third, one game clear of Waaia in fourth, but the green and white side is still two wins behind Tungamah.
●Dookie has kept its finals aspirations alive following a four-goal victory against Katamatite.
Patrick McMullan’s side trailed by nine points at half-time, but ran over the top of the Tigers to win 15.15 (105) to 11.11 (77).
Will Patone inspired United to a 28-point victory, with the former Shepparton Bears forward kicking seven goals in a match-winning performance.
Sam Bowmaker also added two goals, while Connor Hayes and Matt Kitto showed their class for United.
Brodie McDonald led the line for the hosts kicking four goals, as Tory Morris and Jedd Wright’s efforts were not enough to hand the Tigers their third win of the season.