THE journey towards a place in the top five has advanced significantly for Deakin University.
The Sharks moved to sixth place on the Warrnambool and District league A grade ladder after a 44-15 win over East Warrnambool at D. C. Farran Oval on Saturday.
Round 13 saw plenty of movement in the battle for fourth and fifth place, with the Sharks and Merrivale the big movers.
Merrivale moved a game clear in fourth place after a 41-14 win over South Rovers.
Kolora-Noorat failed to pull off the upset of the season when they were the latest victim of Old Collegians.
The Warriors made it 13 wins in a row with a 44-21 victory over the Power at Noorat Recreation Reserve.
Losses to the Power and Allansford have seen the Sharks join them on 28 points, with the Power holding fifth place thanks to a better percentage.
Deakin University coach Kim Jamieson said the win over the Bombers was made even more impressive due to the absence of a couple of star Sharks.
“Lisa Anders missed with an ankle injury and Liz Fowler with a neck injury so they left a bit of a hole in our defence,” Jamieson said.
“They both may miss up to three weeks so we had to find some new combinations.
“Our first half was really good and we shot 19 goals in the second quarter which was a really good effort.”
Jamieson said midcourt players Nicole Richie and Tamara Charleson were star performers for the Sharks.
In other matches, third-placed Dennington had a 38-31 win over Timboon Demons, with goal attack Marlie Boyd shooting 27 goals.
Russells Creek won its fifth game for the season, sneaking home 35-34 win over Nirranda at Terang Recreation Reserve.
Both teams have this week off as part of the split round, with the Kangaroos at home to Deakin University and Nirranda taking on Old Collegians away in a fortnight.