Shepparton Swans’ under-18 side did its bit to help secure the Blue Ribbon Shield for the 17th consecutive year.
With the shield awarded to the club most successful across the day’s matches, the Swans defeated Mooroopna 8.15 (63) to 7.4 (46), with Connor Randall prominent.
As the Swans push to stay in the six, the win was important to give them a buffer from the Cats on the table.
Mooroopna was never out of the game despite trailing from the outset, with Matthew Curtis keeping the Cats in touch with four goals.
But Harry Tonks, Rylen Damianopoulos and Luke Whyte stood tall for the winning side, which staved off a late comeback.
●Shepparton stayed on top of Echuca in its Goulburn Valley League clash with Spencer Small, Hugo Ingham and Harry Brodie all leading the way.
Zak Wikman (four goals) and Jayden Gagliardi (three goals) did the damage up forward as the Murray Bombers could not compete at Victoria Park, despite Matthew Lias and Riley Clarke giving their all.
The result marked a minor upset with Echuca’s season steering them to start favourites in the match.
●Jhett Cooper bagged seven goals for Shepparton United, but it could not quite get his side over the line against Seymour.
The Demons fell 16 points short, although Cooper’s tally sits at 14 goals from just three games this year.
United had a stirling start to the match, kicking five goals in the first quarter while keeping the Lions goalless.
But they could not keep up that intensity for the rest of the game as Nick Davey, Sydney Voogt and Sam Durham began to rise in prominence.
●It was hard going for Tatura against Kyabram as the Bombers ran away with a big 104-win.
Ethan Palma-Ludeman snared six goals for the winners, with teammates Ben Turpin, Sam Langley and Aidan Robinson dominating.
The Bulldogs’ two goals came in the first quarter courtesy of Tim Wilson and Jack Groves, while Matt Rennie produced his most productive game of the season.
●Benalla was slow starters, but came into the game at the right time with James Davies, Charlie Berthun and Will Ellis standing up when needed.
Conceding a four-goal lead to Rochester early at Moon Oval, the Saints rebounded in the second term to edge within just more than a straight kick.
Taking the lead in the third term, the away side was not willing to let go as Berthun, Corry Westbury and Brayden Wapling each finished with two goals.
Zack Holmberg, Broden Evans and Andrew Henderson were the Tigers’ best.
●Mansfield remains without a win in the competition, unable to keep Euroa quiet.
Will Christopher again gave his all for the Eagles and finished with two goals and teammate James Law scored three of his own.
But Declan Redfern proved the difference for the Magpies, as did Marcus Heritage and Kieran Robertson, with the latter duo combining for seven goals.