Merrigum won a low-scoring war at Girgarre on Saturday, taking down the Kangaroos by 10 points.
Goals were hard to come by, with just two between the sides on the board at half-time, but the Bulldogs kicked four majors in the final term to run out winners, 6.8 (44) to 4.10 (34).
Josh Smith popped up with three goals, while Joe Sullivan, Geoff Connally, Charlie Lowe, Christian Barnett, Jack Sinclair and Jake Parkinson were excellent for Merrigum.
Coach Shannon Tucker, Corey Wheeler, Jayden Tucker, Ash Hughes, Nick Mellington and Ash Kirchhofer worked hard for Girgarre.
●Avenel made it seven straight wins after smashing Murchison-Toolamba by 45 points at the Grasshoppers’ home ground on Saturday.
The combine battled hard and were still in with a chance at three-quarter-time, trailing by 23 points, but the Swans stormed home to win 11.14 (80) to 4.11 (35).
Paul Arandt, Scott Tyers, Mitch Thomas, William Lewis, Mat Hurley and Don Stirling were standouts for the visitors.
For James Milne’s Grasshoppers, Shannon Tibos, Nathan Carroll, Tom Karacsay, Jon Cooper, Jake Ewart and Clinton Lambert fired.
●Rushworth fought hard against premiership contender Violet Town, but the Towners ran out winners by 58 points.
Pat Horsburgh was the star for Violet Town with five goals, as the Towners cruised to victory 19.11 (125) to 10.7 (67).
Jake Cowman, Sam Poole, Greg Dyer, Tim Ross and Ben Dyer backed up Horsburgh’s efforts with good displays.
Rob Osborne took his season goal tally to 64 with four for the Tigers, while Billy Wall, Shaun Young, Jake Perry, Daniel Doolan, Lachlan Armstrong and Jeremy Lambden were impressive.
●Tallygaroopna took full advantage of taking on Undera, smashing the Lions by 240 points.
It was always going to be one-way traffic and the Redlegs finished strongly with 14 goals in the final term to win 39.14 (248) to 1.2 (8).
Tallygaroopna had 14 individual goal-kickers, with Kane Handley, Jayden Goodwin and Jai Simmie kicking five majors each.
Handley, Doug Wren, Adam Serafini, Adam Brassil, Tim Belford and Jai Utiger (four goals) were the Redlegs’ best players.
Elliott Bailey, Nicholas McAuliffe, Matt Wishart, Aaron Cordy, Danni Heazlewood and Harley Double never gave in for the Lions.