Storm and Roos setting the pace
Geographical league bookends Jeparitrainbow and Harrow-balmoral are a game clear of the field in Horsham District football, six rounds into the season.
As teams break for a spell for community championships this weekend, Kalkee sits third, four points off the pace ahead of Swifts and Edenhope-apsley, both on 16 points.
Last week Jeparit-rainbow consolidated its solid start to the year with a 56-point win over Rupanyup, while Harrow-balmoral had to work hard to overcome Noradjuha-quantong by 33 points at Quantong.
Jeparit-rainbow led at every change against the Panthers at Rainbow, six goals in the final quarter capping off a profound win.
Kurt Waterman, four-goal Ash Clugston, Jakob Cocks and Wayne Batson led the way for the winners.
Rupanyup struggled to find goals but Denny Musgrove, Dan Schaper and Elliot Kelly impressed.
In a low-scoring affair at Quantong, Harrowbalmoral gained ascendency against the Bombers in the first half but found itself in a second-half dogfight.
Roos coach Nick Pekin led the way for the winners with help from players such as Mick Phelan, Will Plush and Cam Robinson.
The Bombers were far from disgraced with Dustin Cross, Lockie Wilson and Jack Vague getting votes.
A clash between Kalkee and Natimuk United produced one of the most exciting finishes of the round, with Kalkee clinching a four-point win late in the contest.
Kalkee led at every change but the Rams snapped at their heels throughout and a six-goal final term almost steered the home side across the line.
Simon Hobbs, three goals, and Hamish and Lachie Exell were key architects behind the Kees’ victory, while Jono Lovel shone for the Rams and Nathan Koenig bagged six goals.
Brent Marra and Sam Anson conspired to keep Natimuk United in the game.
Edenhope-apsley continued to turn heads, this time with a 12-point win over Laharum at Laharum.
Jack Butler, Lachie Middleton and Jeremy Kealy won primary votes for the Saints and Dylan Achison kicked three goals.
For Laharum, which was in striking distance from much of the contest, Cam Streeter, Cooper Henson and Hamish Roberts were best and James Arratta bagged three goals.
Swifts rounded out wins across the league, securing an 89-point victory over Taylors Lake.
Taylors Lake pushed the home side in one of its most productive first halves for the season, but watched the margin blow out in the second.
Swifts players such as Andrew Cameron, six goals, Zac Armer, four, and Ben Taylor, four, enjoyed spoils in front of the sticks.
Jake Goodes, in his farewell game after 15 years playing for the Baggies, kicked three.
Alex Hill, coach Jye Smith and Trae Martin were best for the Lakers.