THE Golden Rivers Football Netball League's top four sides are all locked on four wins each heading into this weekend's AFL Victoria Community Championship break.
Nullawil's 63-point win against Wandella, as well as victories to Ultima and Hay, sees a two-win gap between these four teams and Murrabit following the completion of the first third of the season.
An eight-goal to zero second quarter helped the Maroons record a third consecutive home win this season and end the defending premiers' run of six wins in a row.
Wandella held a 16-point lead at quarter time, but only managed three more goals for the game, with Justin Robinson (three goals) booting close to half of the visitors' score.
The hosts found another avenue to goal, with Jordan Humphreys (four goals) and season debutante Dean Smith (three goals) joining regular contributions Andrew Oberdorfer (three goals) and Kal Heslop (two goals).
Sam Brennan, Smith and Matt Heslop were best on ground for the Maroons, with Jason Iannucci, Lachlan Allison and Robinson playing well for the Bombers.
Nullawil - who now lead the competition - host Macorna on May 26, with the third-placed defending premiers to play Quambatook, which had the bye at the weekend.
'Roos finish strongly
IT took Ultima close to three quarters to edge out Murrabit, with last season's grand finalists producing a 37-point win.
In what was an all-round effort in front of goal for both sides, the Blues controlled proceedings up to late in the third term, before the visitors kicked seven of the final eight goals of the game.
Murrabit went into the second quarter holding an eight-point lead, with the 'Roos reducing the deficit to five points at half-time.
Five Ultima players - Andrew Bennett, Tom Bull, Callan Farrell, Adrian Knee and Mitchell Seton-Stewart - booted two goals for the victors, with Tom Gibson and Nathan Henry also kicking two goals each for the Blues.
Seton-Stewart, Luke O'Toole and Bennett were best on ground for the 'Roos, with Mitchell Laursen and Nathan Wilson standing out for the hosts.
Ultima will aim for a third consecutive win of the season in 11 days' time when the side plays Wakool, with the Blues to host Hay.
Lions hold on
HAY had to hold on in a tense final term to keep the club's four-year record against Moulamein going.
The Lions' 17-point win against the Swans helped the competitions' northernmost side move to second on the ladder.
Although leading at every break, the victors' inaccuracy in front of goal kept the hosts in the match.
Max Perrignon (four goals), Simon Bunyan (two goals) and James Falconer (two goals) combined for more than half of the victors' 11 goals for the match, with Hay's goals coming from 33 scoring shots.
The Swans had three goalkickers for the game - led by five majors from Josh Gadsden - but were also unable to convert their shots, managing nine goals from 25 scoring opportunities.
Angus McSweyn, Dustin Duggan and Ken Jubb were best on ground for the Lions, with Aidan Grinham and Daniel O'Farrell playing well for Moulamein.
The Lions will travel to Hay on May 26, with the Swans' next match on June 2 against Wakool.
Tigers on the board
MACORNA snapped a nine-match losing streak, claiming an opening win of the season thanks to a 49-point win against Wakool.
Led by a four-goal haul from former coach Michael Rowe, the Tigers took control of the game after kicking six goals with the breeze in the opening term.
Although Wakool managed the club's best quarter in the season - a six-goal to one second term - that helped reduce the deficit to 13 points at the main break, the Hawks could only manage two more goals for the game.
Hamish Rookes and Mark Carter stood out for the Tigers, with Matthew Landini and Daniel Green playing well for the Hawks, who have now lost their past 19 games.
Both sides will play teams that sit in the top four when competition resumes on May 26. Macorna will travel to Nullawil, with Wakool to host Ultima.