Rumbalara finished the season in the best way possible with a win on Saturday.
Nathan Lovett-Murray’s troops dominated the scoring at Mercury Dve with 11 more shots on goal than Tongala, but inaccuracy meant the home side only won by that margin, 16.19 (115) to 16.8 (104).
Kane Atkinson was dangerous in attack with five goals, while Beau Jackson slotted four.
Djaran Whyman, Nathan Kerr and Michael Clarke were also impressive, helping lift their side into ninth place.
For the Blues, Corey Nexhip, Ryley Cowley (three goals), Nathan Torney, Tom Nevill, Jesse Robilliard and Riley Bacon tried hard all day.
●The battle for seventh at Scott Oval proved to be a fizzer, with Cobram slamming home 18 majors to four after the first break to take a 19.9 (123) to 7.8 (50) victory.
Tyron Baden was named the best Tiger on the field for a remarkable ninth time in 18 matches, with Scott Spencer, Shaun Greenway, Mitch Richmann, Darcy McCormack and Sam Gemmill also outstanding.
Deniliquin could not find a way to win for coach Gary Parsons’ last game in charge, but it has shown that there is plenty of scope for upside in this squad with great performances throughout the season.
Ricky Gittens, John Anstee, Matt MacDonald, Anthony Bull, Liam Pitts and Ben Irwin were serviceable on Saturday.
●There was another coaching farewell at Memorial Park as Congupna leader Tyson McKenzie bowed out with a 10.12 (72) to 19.11 (125) defeat at the hands of Barooga.
Daniel Schaper booted three goals in the loss, with Callum Whitehead, Alex Overs, Lachie Baldwin, Curtley Allen and Matt Barclay all showing great signs.
Eleven Barooga players hit the scoreboard in the win, which sets up a clash with Echuca United in the first week of the finals series.
Jake Russell (three goals), Jack O’Callaghan, Wade Demasi, Chris Keys, Brodie A’Vard and co-coach James Hazelman were on fire in the triumph.
●Mulwala forward Ash Froud finished the regular season with another big haul to be the third most productive goal-kicker in country Victoria.
The superstar booted nine majors in his side’s 22.11 (143) to 5.2 (32) win over Finley to take his tally to 112, a dozen behind Strathfieldsaye’s Lachlan Sharp (124).
Lions Matt Tregenza, Cody Howard, Jackson Gash, Dylan McNamara, Sean Johns and Harrison Crossley dominated proceedings after quarter-time, with Finley starting the better of the two teams.
Tim Meulendyks, Cam Robertson, Shaun Kable and Sam Orro fought hard for the home side.