ALLANSFORD has moved one step closer to a Warrnambool and District league qualifying final berth by upstaging Merrivale by 55 points today.
The Cats remained third after the 13.15 (93) to 5.8 (38) victory at Merrivale but are crucially still a game ahead of fourth-ranked Dennington.
They were always in control against the second-ranked Tigers after dominating the first term with the wind at their backs to lead 4.6 to 0.3 at quarter-time.
The margin remained 27 points at half-time before the Cats again kicked clear with a five-goal third term and held firm in the last.
Allansford onballer Nick Johnstone was again super through the midfield and remains a major chance to claim his second J. A. Esam Medal.
Darren Kelly, Leatham Robe, Josh Brown and Brett Membrey were also among the key contributors. Johnstone and Josh Parkinson kicked three goals each.
James Kelly and Al Porter led the way for the Tigers. But they had too few contributors after that and no-one kicked multiple goals.
In other matches, South Rovers caused one of the upsets of the season by snatching a four-point triumph against Kolora-Noorat at Walter Oval.
The Lions, who lost the corresponding fixture in round one, won 7.7 (49) to 6.9 (45), with seven of the 13 goals coming in the last term.
Braden Hotker was best afield for the hosts while Nathan Krepp, Jordan Kavanagh and Daniel Threlfall were among their best.
Joe O'Sullivan, Nathan Cahir and Paul McSween earned the honours for the Power while teenager Luke Tebble kicked three goals.
The result has played into the hands of fifth-ranked Old Collegians, which can move three games safe in the top five with victory against Nirranda next weekend.
And Dennington was a convincing victor against East Warrnambool, kicking 8.3 to 0.3 in the last term to win 20.11 (131) to 4.7 (31) at Reid Oval.
Alex Pye booted nine goals and was a clear standout while Luke Duncan and teenager Sam Curtis finished with three each.
Jonah Hughson was the Bombers' only multiple goalkicker with two.
In the A grade netball, Allansford and Merrivale played out a thrilling 36-all draw in the match of the day at Merrivale.
The stalemate, the first of the season, could prove handy for the fourth-ranked Tigers but leaves the sixth-ranked Cats with work ahead to make finals.
Kolora-Noorat was a convincing winner against South Rovers 45-19 at Walter Oval and Dennington beat East Warrnambool 48-26 at Reid Oval.