Omeo District reigning premier Bruthen held off a brave Swan Reach side in trying conditions on Saturday during the
round 13 clash at Bruthen, but despite the loss, the Swans remain in fourth spot with two rounds remaining.
The Bulldogs ran out 22-point winners with 2018 league best and fairest Harley Kenner leading the way for his side with four goals.
Bruthen held a five-point lead at quarter time although its inaccuracy of 2.5 kept the Swans in the contest, who scored two goals straight.
The Bulldogs extended their lead to 13 points at the main break with Tim Coxhill and Craig Taylor having an impact around the ball.
Swan Reach was still in the contest in the third stanza although Bruthen’s lead increased to 16 points at the final break. The game was sealed in the fourth term as the Bulldogs kicked away with 3.1 to the Swans’ 2.1.
Coxhill was Bruthen’s best while Reece Cunningham had plenty of touches for the Swan Reach.
Bruthen will finish in second spot come to end of the home and away season, where it will face Omeo-Benambra in a second chance semi final.
The Swans are a game clear of Swifts Creek in fourth spot and a victory in the final two weeks will lock in a finals spot.
The third placed Buchan proved too strong for the winless Lindenow South at Lindenow South, cruising to a 92-point win.
The Cavemen were the better team in the opening quarter, opening up a 19-point lead at quarter time.
The visitors’ strong form continued through the second quarter as the lead grew to 38 points by half time.
The Swampies were kept goalless again in the third term while Buchan piled on a further 3.3 to lead by 64 points at the final change.
South scored its only two goals in the final term meanwhile the Cavemen compiled their best quarter of 6.4 with Tyson Siddle leading the way with six goals for the match.
William Webb also booted a goal in his best afield performance veteran, Regan Kyle, kicked two while Mat Whelan was also excellent.
For Lindenow South, Alex Stanton played well while Aaron Edwards and Robbie O’Keefe were the goal scorers.
Ladder leader, Omeo-Benambra, smashed Swifts Creek by 169
points at Omeo.
The Ranges came out of the blocks flying, booting 5.3 to 1.2 to lead by 28 points at the first break.
The game was put beyond doubt in the second quarter as Omeo-Benambra found a gear that the Demons couldn’t match, keeping the visitors scoreless while it booting 9.3 to extend its lead to 83 points at half time.
The Ranges added a further 7.4 to 1.1 in the third, which saw their lead creep out to three figures.
Another scoreless quarter from the Demons allowed Omeo-Benambra to find the big sticks on a further seven occasions.
Jai Hayward and Damien Pedder continued to impress for the Ranges with six goals each, Rohan Smith was prolific in the
midfield and big man, Cameron Gardiner, was a standout.
Daniel Strong booted the only two goals for Swift Creek while Alastair Commins played well.
LADDER AFTER ROUND 13
LEADING GOAL KICKERS AFTER ROUND 13
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