THE meeting between two of the Golden Rivers football heavyweights lived up to its billing on Saturday.
Wandella's home game against rivals Nullawil was a see-sawing battle all day.
Little separated the two sides from start to finish, with the Maroons prevailing by just two points.
The visitors were ahead by the most slender margin at the first break, an accurate Wandella was a goal in front at half way and Nullawil was three points up heading into the final stanza.The final quarter arm wrestle resulted in two goals each, but the difference was the Maroons' ability to score, even though five minor scores meant it was heart-stopping for supporters.
Andrew Oberdorfer was the general for Nullawil, kicking three goals himself and generating opportunities for teammates and Justin Robinson continued his fine form and accuracy with six majors.
Little separates these two sides and any future meetings come finals time will be well worth the entry fee.
Nullawil will have to be content with second position this week by virtue of the bye, with Ultima on top four points clear but with inferior percentage. Wandella remains in third position.
ULTIMA consolidated its position with an as-expected victory over struggling Murrabit.
The Roos bounded away to score a whopping 105-point win with the lead extending further as the game went on.No fewer than nine goal kickers got into the action, led by Stephen Lyons with six and Mitchell Seton-Mitchell was superb throughout.
Murrabit failed to score a goal in the first quarter, but battled on gamely with few opportunities.
Andrew Spitty provided a focal point and Nathan O'Toole was valuable.
HAY had too much fire-power for Moulamein, holding sway at home by 37 points.
The Lions' leading goal-scorer, Simon Bunyan added another five for a season tally so far of 41 and Ben Arant chipped in with three, but it was Kenneth Jubb who was irrepressible around the ground.
Hay had too much class for the Swans, who were best served by Ben Buxton and Thomas Isma.
WAKOOL kept pace with the favoured Macorna before the Tigers bared their claws and skipped away with a 10-goal third term, the most joy their supporters have felt season.
Macorna's only victory this year was against the winless Hawks and a repeat was in order here. Steve Morgan was a goer in the Tigers' 106-point victory and Jackson Lowry, with five goals, never gave up for Wakool.