Tallygaroopna jumped into double chance territory with a resounding 47-point win against Murchison-Toolamba on Saturday.
With Nagambie losing in a top-of-the-ladder clash, the Redlegs pounced and pulled away from the plucky Grasshoppers after half-time.
The final score was 13.16 (94) to 7.5 (47).
Jai Simmie put through four goals to take his season tally to 33 and extend his lead as Tallygaroopna’s leading goalkicker.
Luke Riordan and Doug Wren also kicked a pair of goals each.
The Grasshoppers remain in finals contention despite the defeat, sitting just percentage behind Lancaster in sixth.
Jake Ewart, Luke Jones, Jon Cooper, James Londrigan, Tom Kerrins and Nathan Carroll were outstanding for Murchison-Toolamba.
●Merrigum was belted against a premiership contender for the second week in a row, as Avenel demolished the Bulldogs by 111 points.
Still harbouring finals ambitions, the Bulldogs were competitive enough early, but the Swans kicked 11 goals to two after half-time.
Avenel’s percentage received a huge boost with the 21.15 (141) to 4.6 (30) win.
Chris Burton (six goals) and Cael McCarthy (five) were on fire up forward for the Swans, while Michael Morgan, Mitch Thomas, Mat Hurley, Scott Tyers and Paul Arandt dominated.
Merrigum was best served by Jack Sinclair, Austin Bizzotto, Liam Cross, Kain Smiljanic and Josh Smith (two goals).
●Longwood’s two-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of Girgarre on Saturday, with the Kangaroos winning by 88 points.
Girgarre was too strong across the board and pulled away after quarter-time to prevail 22.18 (150) for 9.8 (62) for its fifth win of the season.
The Roos’ forward line functioned well, with Jackson Neville (five goals), Matt Bartlett (four) and Ash Kirchhofer (four) getting in on the act.
Braydon Kearns produced another best-on performance for the Redlegs with four goals, while Malcolm Hunter, Daniel Robinson, Dustin Baker and Shaun Bridges worked hard.
●Rob Osborne was helped out by his Rushworth team-mates as he aims to bring up 100 goals this season.
The Tigers’ spearhead put through 17 goals in his team’s 169-point thumping of Undera on Saturday.
His bag of goals took him to 90 for the season with two rounds to play against Girgarre and Lancaster.
Osborne was clearly best afield as the Tigers piled on 32.15 (207) to 6.2 (38) for their first win since round four — also against the Lions.
Todd Clarke, Shayne Lynch, Jarvis Waasdorp, Billy Wall and Joel May were also good for Rushworth.
Undera had bright contributions from Nathan Frizzell, Aaron Maidment, Aaron Cordy, John Valentin, Chris Bell and Keelan Mitchell.