Emma Ryan starred in her debut for Merrigum, helping the hosts to a 15-goal victory against Rushworth.
Ryan, who played for Kyabram in the Goulburn Valley League, dominated in her first Kyabram District league game.
‘‘It was great to have her at the club and I think in her first game she played really well,’’ Merrigum coach Katie Cordingley said.
‘‘She is quick, energetic and has a great shot on her, which is really going to help us going forward.’’
Ryan, who moved to Melbourne at the start of the season, will travel to play every weekend, with Cordingley believing her side was starting to find its feet.
The Bulldogs have won six of their past eight games and sit equal on points with Stanhope in seventh position, after belting Rushworth 41-26.
‘‘It is a goal of ours, our aim is to play finals and hopefully we can put it together towards the back end of the season,’’ Cordingley said.
‘‘We have had players come in and out all season, so hopefully the girls can continue to jell and we can play finals.’’
Wing attack Allana Adams was also dominant for the Bulldogs across the midcourt as the hosts extended their lead at every break.
‘‘She was energetic and really good, to be honest it was an even team performance from us,’’ Cordingley said.
‘‘Everyone jelled and played well together.’’
Meanwhile, league leader Avenel continued its undefeated run in, defeating Lancaster 54-17.
The Wombats have lost three games in the row, but will be hoping to respond next week when they host Stanhope.
Second-placed Nagambie made light work of Murchison-Toolamba, with the Lakers winning 53-27.
The win helped the hosts remain hot on the heels of the Swans, while the Grasshoppers sit in fourth after their seven-game winning streak was ended.
Stanhope won its fifth game straight after defeating Girgarre by 40 goals, while Tallygaroopna broke its own record to score the most amount of goals in a single game this season.
The Redlegs won 93-17 against winless Longwood.
Violet Town was the only team to lose at home this round as it felt the full force of Undera.
The Lions prevailed 42-33.