Round 17 of Goulburn Valley League’s under-18 competition went exactly to script, with all six top teams securing victory.
The quirk of the fixture has set up a tantalising final weekend of the regular season, with just one game separating second and fifth spot on the ladder.
●Kyabram remained unbeaten this year after completely dominating Seymour 27.16 (178) to 3.4 (22).
Makenzie Ryan (six goals), Curtis Ryan (four), Zaid Besim (three), Coby McCarthy (three) and Kyle Fitzgerald (three) did all the damage in attack for the Bombers, while Tom Schumann and Malcolm Hedges stood out despite not hitting the scoreboard.
●Shepparton United had a much tougher day out against Mooroopna, but still managed to cling to second on the table with a 7.8 (50) to 4.4 (28) victory at Deakin Reserve.
Liam Schreck, Mitchell McGrath and Lachlan Holthuisen impressed for the home side, while Jordan Formica, Cody Law and Broady Blackley-Dow were the best Cats.
The Demons must defeat Kyabram this week to be sure of finishing with the double chance, otherwise they must hope other results go their way.
●Thanks to a huge percentage boost on Saturday, Benalla sits in the box seat to capitalise if the Demons stumble in the final round.
The Saints lifted their percentage from 197 to 208 (four more than Shepparton United’s 204) with a thumping 16.15 (111) to 3.1 (19) triumph over Mansfield.
Jack Kioses was the hero of the day with seven majors, while Nathan Hill, Jack Seketa, Baily Macdonald, Blake Uebergang, Ethan Cooke and Pat Warner were also influential.
●Shepparton secured an uplifting victory of its own, defeating the Shepparton Swans 20.14 (134) to 1.4 (10) to bump its percentage from 181 to 200.
Spencer Small, Jack Nation (five goals), Hugo Ingham, Jack Wilson (four), Jordan McGregor (three) and Zach Minchin made sure the Bears were never in doubt, while Harry Tonks, Joel Clohesy, Mitchell Gravina, Mitchell Bover, Ethan Warburton and Lachlan McMahon tried hard all day for the Swans.
●Tatura restricted an undermanned Euroa side to just a solitary point at Memorial Oval, while piling on 10.12 (72), to put itself in a unique position leading into the final round.
Adrian Moor, Charlie Hill, Ethan Moor and Zakary Samkakai (four goals) helped engineer the victory, which allows the Bulldogs to have a free swing at Benalla this weekend.
If Tatura wins, and other results fall how they should, it will face the Saints again in a fourth (Tatura) against fifth (Benalla) elimination final.
However, if the Bulldogs fall to Benalla but Shepparton United upsets Kyabram, the two will still play off in a knockout match — this time in the third (Benalla) against sixth (Tatura) final.
To add even more intrigue to the situation, the elimination finals are scheduled to be held at Tatura Park and the Benalla Showgrounds, meaning in either scenario the higher ranked team is likely to snare a home ground advantage.
●In the final match of the round, Rochester put on the afterburners to double its score in the final term and eventually defeat Echuca, 10.10 (70) to 5.7 (37).