Strathmerton pulled off a disciplined performance to hold neighbouring Tocumwal at bay and take its seventh win of the season in the Picola District Football League north-west division on Saturday.
The Bulldogs established a two-game gap between them and Tocumwal, after winning 9.11(65) to 12.14(86).
Michael Laidlaw’s troops trailed at quarter-time, but a five-goal second quarter helped the Bulldogs wrestle back the ascendancy to lead by 22 points at half-time.
The second quarter proved most decisive in the end, with Tocumwal winning the second half by just one point.
Matt O’Kane, Adrian Crestani, Max Canfield and Adam Laidlaw all contributed with two goals each for the Bulldogs, while Matt Shannon was impressive from midfield.
O’Kane, Daniel Ellis, Brock Palmer, Canfield and Tyron Hill also put on impressive performances for the Bulldogs.
The Bloods’ playing coach Sean Logie (three goals) led the way for his side, with Lachlan McDonald also contributing two.
Dane Maxwell, Keith Baron, Oliver Rennie, Zeke Flanagan and Dylan Mark also worked hard on the ground for the home side.
●In the south-east competition, ladder leader Shepparton East extended the gap with a 69-point victory against Katamatite, 21.13(139) to 10.10(70).
The Eagles jumped out to a nine-goal lead at half-time after keeping the Tigers to just three.
Katamatite picked up the pace in the third and fourth quarters, but was outclassed by the home side.
Jedd Wright booted three majors to earn a best-on-ground nod, with Sam Fowles and Joe Wilkie also chipping in with two goals each.
Tigers Tory Morris, Brodie McDonald, Nick Clurey, Pat Riordan and Jayson Bigg also recorded strong performances.
Katamatite will be looking to bounce back this week when it takes on Dookie at home.
Yarroweyah will return from the bye to take on Deni Rovers, Strathmerton will host ladder leaders Picola United and it will be a battle between fourth and fifth place as Tocumwal travels to Berrigan.