Shepparton Swans solidified their premiership ambitions by defeating Mooroopna White, who sat atop the under-14 ladder before Sunday’s game.
The Swans dominated the Shepparton District Junior Football League game from the start to run out winners 9.13 (67) to 4.5 (29).
Steele Simpson, Luca Mamone, Liam Morrison, Zach Dwyer, Cody Carrafa and Will Dempsey were standouts for the Swans in their sixth win of the season.
Nathan Basile, Tom Brown, Leslie Thomson and Leo Holden battled hard for the Cats.
Mooroopna Blue also went down, with Tatura prevailing at home by 13 points after trailing at the final break.
The Bulldogs’ best were Xavier Hutchison, Jack Baker, Kristofer Answer, Cameron King and Cameron O’Connell, while the Cats were well served by Jed Woods, Matthew Brannigan, Ben Woods, Kaedyn Napier (three goals) and William Wood.
Shepparton United Red took out a six-point victory against Shepparton Notre Maroon to keep its finals hopes alive.
Hayden Brock, Bowen Calogero (three goals), Ryan Calogero, Charlie Di Stefano and Denzel Alessi fired for the Demons, while Shannon Howard, Connor Fleming, Ryley Marshall, Oliver Guthrie and Jack Hooper were impressive for the Bears.
Ladder leader Shepparton Notre Gold got one back for the Bears, triumphing against Shepparton United Blue by 66 points.
Matthew Pellegrino was sensational with seven of the Bears’ 14 goals and had good support from Jacob Watts, Jayden Dhosi, Tanner Madigan and Alexander Braaksma.
Jordan Wiggins, Liam Serra, Brodie Telford, Josh Crawford, Campbell Steigenberger and Kian Roche were United’s top achievers.
In the Youth Girls competition, Echuca and Mooroopna played out a nail-biter at Victoria Park, with the Murray Bombers holding off a late challenge to win by 10 points.
Echuca had good contributions from Sharmaine Reilly, Aisha Kirchhofer, Tayla Stewart, Tyler Neville and Breanna Kaiser, while Mooroopna’s top players were Tamara Smith, Lakeea Charles, Krystal Bausch, Christie Gibson and Peggy-Sue Fennell (three goals).
Shepparton United had a dominant 62-point win against Euroa, keeping the Magpies scoreless.
Olivia Hirst, Ruby Williams, Ella Hibble, Ella Kerr, Zarli Miller and Claudia Smith (two goals) were up and about for the Demons, while Emily Chapman, Hayley Whitehand, Rani Curry and Hannah Broughton fought hard for Euroa.
In the other game, Finley powered to a 102-point win against Northern Angels.