NULLAWIL leads the pack in Golden Rivers football despite inaccurate kicking on a wind-swept Mallee day.
The Maroons overcame a sluggish start and reversed the trend of their contest with Ultima with a last quarter dominated by play in their forward line.
The Roos lost top spot for this week at least with a four-point deficit at siren time. Ultima outscored Nullawil by nine points in their early season encounter and the victor this time around would achieve a psychological advantage heading towards finals.
One thing is certain. These two teams are evenly matched and the fierce rivalry will remain.
Ultima kicked out to a 20-point lead at quarter time while holding the home side goal-less.
The margin was only two points at the main break in a game influenced by a gusty south-westerly front, evidenced by the Roos bounding away in the third to open up a 21-point buffer.
Despite the wind, the Roos may have been confident that the lead was sufficient, but one more point was to be their addition in the last term, while the Maroons blazed away, managing to overcome the deficit with three goals and eight behinds.
Andrew Oberdorfer kicked three goals for Nullawil to lead the lead goal tally with 48 and Stephen Lyons and Brodie Bennett slotted two each for Ultima.
Sam Brennan was in everything for the victors and Ultima was best served by Brendan Hole.
Nullawil shades Ultima on the ladder by percentage and both are now a game clear of Wandella, which had the bye.
HAY probably cemented fourth position with a thumping 120-point margin over Wakool.
The Lions had eight goal scorers, led by best-afield Jarryd Walsh, while holding the luckless Hawks to just three goals.
Wakool opened with a spirited attack and was just nine points adrift at the first break.
That's where their scoring ended, but Reagan Hamilton battled his heart out all day with Craig Loomes in a support role.
The Lions burst out of the blocks in the second stanza to add nine goals before a more subdued second half in tough scoring conditions.
MACORNA returned to the winners' list with a 34-point lead over Quambatook.
Accuracy played a role with the Saints losing despite one more scoring shot.
Quambatook started brightly with two opening goals, but managed just three more for the remainder.
Michael Rowe was the Tigers' most prolific scorer with four goals and Jason Ryan was the general.
Jarred Schlitz tried hard for Quambatook, which remains one rung above Macorna on percentage.
MURRABIT restored some pride with a gutsy win over Moulamein.
Nathan O'Toole led the charge for the Blues with an inspiring game and played a support role with five majors.
This was another game impacted by wind, with Murrabit goal-less in the first term, but a five-goal last quarter extended the lead to a healthy 26-point margin at game's end.