Another strong shooting display from Amy Carroll was enough to give Diggers Rest a good win over Riddell in the Riddell District Football Netball League on Saturday.
In an important game for both sides in the context of finals places, Diggers produced two dominant quarters to sew up the points and open up a two-game buffer on Riddell inside the top six.
Carroll was instrumental all day for the visiting side, shooting 34 goals to lead all comers in the 61-43 win for the Burras.
The first quarter showed no signs of the scoring onslaught that was to come, as the two sides traded blows and Diggers established a three-goal lead at quarter-time.
But the second term blew the game open, as Diggers extended their lead with a 19-10 run – Carroll scoring ten goals from her 11 shots.
While Riddell was able to stem the flow in the third as the two sides scored 12 goals each, another 18 goals to the visiting Burras in the final term put the result beyond doubt.
Diggers Rest now sits firmly in sixth place on the ladder, while Riddell will have to make up two games plus percentage in the last four games to play a part in the finals.
Elsewhere, Macedon maintained its hold on top spot and an unbeaten season with a hard fought victory over Rupertswood.
In a real arm wrestle, neither side led by more than three goals all day as Macedon ground its way to a 31-29 win.
In such a tight contest it came down to which side would take its chances, and while Rupertswood had the better shooting percentage (86 to 82), the extra four shots that Macedon was able to create proved crucial.
Tara Burnip grabbed 21 goals for the Cats, while Hayley Mathews’ 20 goals kept Rupertswood in the game all day.
Woodend-Hesket took the fight up to third-placed Lancefield, but ultimately fell short late in the game.
With just one win for the season it looked like a mismatch on paper, but the Hawks led by a goal at quarter-time and trailed by just one at the half to give their supporters some hope.
However, Lancefield’s class shone through after the long break as Jordan Furness brought her side to life with 22 goals from 23 shots in the second half to take the win 59-43.
Romsey took the points over Sunbury Kangaroos by virtue of a forfeit, with the Redbacks still in second on the table