In what was a hard-fought battle Shepparton East came away with the four points agaist Violet Town, cruising to a 28-point win.
The arch rivals traded blows throughout the game, but late goals to the Eagles ensured bragging rights.
No more than 11 points separated the teams in the first three quarters, but early Eagles goals in the final term put the home side’s hope of victory to bed.
Violet Town’s Kevin Kiernan and Jett Bewick were outstanding for all four quarters, as was Jaydyn Guppy who continued his fine form this season.
Solid games from Todd Rodgers, Ashton Triffett and Matt McCarty rounded out the Towners’ best.
It was a disappointing result for Violet Town who now faces Rushworth away, with a win a non-negotiable if their slim hopes of finals are to be kept alive.
Final scores: Violet Town 7.10 (52) def by Shepp East 13.6 (84)
Goals: K. Kiernan 2, M. McCarty 2, J. Cripps, T. Rodgers, J. Cullen
Best: K. Kiernan, J. Bewick, J. Guppy, M. Davies, A. Triffett, T. Rodgers
Despite falling to a 54-point defeat, the efforts from the players was exemplary, trading blows for three quarters before Shepp East put the foot down in the last to kick away.
Nick Papakalodoukas continued his fine form and was best afield again, Riley and Nick Dowell were solid all game, while Alex Singline, Finn Lowres and James Hynes gave it their all.
Final score: Violet Town 3.9 (27) def by Shepp East 14.7 (91)
Goals: J. Hynes, J. Silverii, L. Wright
Best: N. Papakalodoukas, R. Dowell, N. Dowell, A. Singline, F. Lowres, J. Hynes