WARRNAMBOOL forward Sam Cowling booted six goals to help the Blues to a 21-point win over Koroit in Hampden league's top of the table clash at Victoria Park on Saturday.
The Blues' 15.7 (97) to 12.4 (76) victory was set up in the third term when they turned a seven-point half-time deficit into a 23-point buffer.
Warrnambool kicked six goals to one in that period, with its ability to spot up free targets in attack the catalyst.
North Warrnambool Eagles tightened their grip on third spot with an 18-point win against fourth-placed Portland at Hanlon Park.
The Eagles were seven points adrift at three-quarter-time but finished strongly to win 11.9 (75) to 8.9 (57).
Fifth-placed Terang Mortlake had to work hard to hold of Cobden at D.C Farran Oval.
The Bloods' 11.12 (78) to 10.10 (70) triumph drew them level with Portland on seven wins.
Camperdown and Hamilton Kangaroos kept their finals chances alive.
The Magpies recorded a 11.9 (75) to 4.13 (37) win against Port Fairy at Gardens Oval.
A 12-goal final term helped the Kangaroos to a thumping 24.17 (161) to 10.8 (68) win over South Warrnambool at Melville Oval.
The Pies and Kangaroos are one game adrift of the Bloods but both have healthy percentage.