Panmure has pushed its finals credentials yet again after a mammoth 106-point win over East Warrnambool.
The Bulldogs, fresh from upsetting the Warrnambool and District league's top side in Kolora-Noorat last week, pumped up their percentage by 11.28 with the 22.16 (148) to 5.12 (42) victory.
And while Panmure (sixth) remained a touch behind the fifth-placed Allansford, Bulldogs coach Chris Bant said the emphatic result would do a world of good for his side.
"It's been a long time since these blokes have done that to a team," he said.
"So it's great to have that confidence we can run out games and get clean ball into hands. With the win against Power it keeps things in our hands - we don't really need to rely on other sides losing games.
"But we can't afford to get carried away by any one particular win, because the league's good enough now that if you're not on, then you'll get beaten."
Bant rued a lack of discipline from his charges at times throughout the match.
The Bulldogs gave away two 50-metre penalties and often failed to apply enough man-to-man pressure, according to the coach.
But he said the fact Panmure had 11 individual goal-kickers boded well for its finals campaign.
And Bant said strong performances from junior players in Jacob Moloney, Sam Loveday, Hugh Porter and Lachie Mcleod meant the longer-term future of the club also looked bright.
Panmure forward Tom Mahony agreed.
"We've come leaps and bounds from the last few years when we've been light on numbers," he said.
"And that extra pressure (on spots) is coming from the kids, which is even better."
The 23-year-old said a finals berth would mark an impressive turnaround for Panmure, which finished stone-cold last in 2018.
"There's a few guys who've had to wait it out so it would be a nice reward for them," Mahony said.
East Warrnambool defender Matt Kenny, 26, said while the Bombers made a promising start, his side's midfield was outgunned.
"They've got some great young kids who like to run and carry," he said.
"I think that hurt us a bit and we couldn't keep up."
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