The Cavemen broke an 11-game losing streak against Lindenow South, powering away in the final term to seal a 43-point triumph.
It took until the final 30 minutes for Buchan to break the back of a Lindenow South side searching for its first win of the season, the Cavemen kicking six goals to one in the final term to lock in third spot.
It was war of attrition at the Swamp and while Buchan always had its nose in front, the Swampies were always lurking not too far behind.
Buchan led by just four points at each of quarter and half time before edging to a two goal three quarter time lead.
However, despite extending its half time lead, Buchan had 14 scoring shots to the Swampies’ 17 – Buchan kicked four straight
in the third quarter.
Despite Lindenow South showing it has the ability to hit the scoreboard, Buchan sensed victory at the final break and put the foot down with accuracy again proving the key booting 6.2 to 1.1 to run out comfortable victors.
Tom Buckley-Khone booted five goals, Tristan Watkins three and Jimmy Joiner Justin Hunt two each, while Tim Whelan stood firm in the back half with Nathan Pegler and Mat Whelan controlling the midfield tempo.
Lindenow South coach, Max Solomon, kicked four goals, Russell White and Robbie O’Keefe won plenty of midfield ball and Will Page was consistent across four quarters.
The Ranges dismantled Swifts Creek, the Demons recording their lowest ever total (3.3-21) against Omeo Benambra, going down by 151 points.
Omeo Benambra kicked 22 goals after quarter time in a one-sided smashing against Swifts Creek at Omeo.
The High Country clash was, in part, dominated by a former Demon, with Damien Pedder slotting six majors against his former team.
Young gun Jai Hayward (5), Jason Sanford (3), Ryan Coles (2), Rob Ansaldi (2) and Rohan Smith (2), all shared multiples, while Ryan Steenholdt and Cody Graske were named best.
While the Demons were outclassed, brothers Jesse and Dylan Hack played well, as did Max Killey and Daniel Strong.
Bruthen remained undefeated at the top of the Omeo District football ladder with a complete performance on the road against Swan Reach on Saturday.
The back-to-back reigning premier ensured it went into the Easter break with a four-point gap to Omeo Benambra and Buchan, who both recorded impressive round three wins as well.
The Bulldogs were a class above the young Swans, recording a 54-point victory on the back of massive six-goal to one third quarter.
The young Swans took it up to the reigning premier in the first half before experienced Bulldogs such as Harley Kenner, Ben Murphy and Todd Cook got things rolling. Bruthen led by 22 points at half time and while in control, Swan Reach remained in the contest, largely through the efforts of youngsters Jordan Dadswell and Liam Saunders, while veteran, Ivan Hood, was important.
However, the third quarter belonged to the Bulldogs, increasing scoreboard pressure rapidly with Kenner leading the way up front on his way to four goals.
By three quarter time the game was put to bed, Bruthen charging to a 44-point lead. In a positive sign for the Swans, they did not drop off the pace, kicking two goals to one in the final term to ensure the Bulldogs didn’t win in a blowout.
Kenner was joined by Nathan Downing and Murphy in Bruthen’s multiple goalkicker list with two each, while Arthur Wright finished with two for the Swans.
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