CHARLTON will be North Central Football League's minor premier after trouncing second-placed St Arnaud by 80 points on Saturday.
The Navy Blues, who are two games ahead of their nearest competitor, showed they would be a strong contender to take out this year's Halfhide Cup.
Both teams tested each other in the opening term, with only two points separating them at the first break.
Charlton could have had the game well within its grasp at half-time, having doubled the Saints' scoring shots but its lead was just 24 points at the major break.
St Arnaud came out punching after half-time, scoring the first goal of the third quarter.
The home side pushed the ball forward on many occasions but could not convert.
St Arnaud was not as sharp as it had been in earlier games this season.
The Saints and Navy Blues only managed to kick four goals between them in the third term.
With plenty on the line for both sides, Charlton stepped up its game when it slammed on 10 goals to the Saints' two in the final quarter.
In other games, Wedderburn beat Boort by 26 games at home. The game was won and lost in the last term after both teams were 78 points apiece at three-quarter-time.
The Redbacks kicked three goals in the final term and held the Magpies goal-less for the quarter.
Wet and windy conditions played a big part in Donald's win over Birchip-Watchem at the weekend.
The contest was even in the first quarter before Donald used the wind to establish a reasonable break by half-time.
Donald ran out 54-point winners to record back-to-back wins for the first time this year