Seymour presented a challenge for Shepparton on Saturday, despite their difference in ladder positions.
With the Bears aiming to extend their eight-game winning streak, the match was running to plan in the first quarter.
Shepparton was five goals ahead at the first break, but the Lions warmed into the game to win the second quarter.
While only shooting one more goal than their opposition in the term, it was a major accomplishment against the second-ranked side in the Goulburn Valley League.
Courtney Aldous was impressive for the Lions in the wings as Ellie O’Sullivan and Georgia Engel were strong bookends for the side.
But in a similar fashion to many contests between mismatched sides, Shepparton pulled away in the final quarter with 18 goals to the Lions’ eight.
Shooters Steph Gorrie and Kim Commane worked seamlessly in the circle together, while teenager Grace Egan continues to provide plenty of run through the centre.
Rochester threw up yet another surprising result this round, defeating Tatura by six goals.
Missing crucial midcourter Tess Ringin with injury, Jamiah and Eesha Clarke stepped up to help the Tigers to a six-goal lead at quarter-time.
But coach Clare Shalders would be most pleased with the work of her shooters as a new attacking circle in Morgan Dingwall and Sahra Brooks began to show signs of cohesion.
The Bulldogs fought back gallantly in the third quarter, but were unable to continue the positive work in the last as Emma Ryan and Roey Johnstone were the best in a losing side.
Mooroopna had its win against Mansfield all but secured at quarter-time.
But while the opening term looked to be an efficient effort from the Cats, the second quarter proved even more phenomenal.
Monique Lenehan-Moustafa and Lauren Murray piled on 21 goals as the Eagles could add just three.
Mia Fallon’s defensive output through the centre created turnovers for Mooroopna, with the 28-goal win boosting the Cats back into the top six.
Despite having defeated Shepparton United in round 10, Echuca was unable to continue its winning ways against the another top side in Kyabram.
The Bombers took out the game by 18 goals, combating a slow start to score heavily in the final three quarters.