Buchan once again proved it is a premiership contender after thumping Swifts Creek by 85 points at Buchan.
The third placed Cavemen showed their scoring dominance early, although its inaccuracy of 4.10 in the first quarter kept the Demons somewhat in the game, trailing by just 22 points at quarter time.
After keeping Swifts Creek to one point in the second quarter, Buchan kicked away to a 43-point lead by the half time break.
The Cavemen put the game to bed in the third stanza with a five goals to two as their lead grew to 67 points by three quarter time.
The scoring frenzy slowed in the last term with Buchan kicking the only two majors. Tyson Siddle was the Cavemen’s best with six goals while Jesse Hack stood out for the Demons.
This loss sees Swifts Creek sitting six points outside the top four while the Cavemen sit 14 points clear of the fourth placed Swan Reach in third.
At Lindenow South, Swan Reach cruised to a 36-point win over Lindenow South in a seesawing affair as it maintained its hope of claiming a finals berth.
The Swampies led by one and two points at quarter and half time, however couldn’t withstand the dominance of the Swans in the second half.
Swan Reach found its rhythm in the third term, booting 4.4 to three behinds as it established a 23-point lead by the final break.
The Swans continued with their momentum through the final term as they piled on a further 4.1 to two goals.
Peter Ritchie bagged six goals for Swan Reach and Sam Tindley-Roe continued his strong form, while for Lindenow South, Sam Howden kicked two goals with the consistent Russell White playing well.
In the battle for top position on the Omeo District senior football ladder, Omeo-Benambra secured a comprehensive win over reigning premier, Bruthen, on Saturday to lock down on premiership favouritism.
The Ranges led at every break in play, the Bulldogs struggling with their accuracy in the first half, booting seven behinds.
Omeo Benambra got off too a strong start with six scoring shots to three in the opening term, holding a 13-point lead at the first break.
The Ranges moved through the gears in the second stanza, providing their best quarter of football as they made Bruthen pay on the scoreboard.
Booting 5.5 to four behinds, Omeo-Benambra found itself in the box seat at half time with a 44-point lead.
The third quarter belonged to the Bulldogs who held the Ranges goalless, trimming the margin back to 27 points by the final break.
In desperate need of a big final quarter, Bruthen again brought the pressure, booting 4.2, although it wasn’t enough as the Ranges staved off a fightback with four goals of their own, securing a 28-point win. This win sees Omeo Benambra sitting six
points clear of the Bulldogs who are in second place.
Jason Sanford booted three goals for the Ranges while big man, Campbell Ah Sam, had a huge impact in the ruck and around the ground.
For Bruthen, Tim Coxhill kicked two goals while Benjamin Murphy was dangerous.
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