HARROW-BALMORAL saw off Edenhope-Apsley at Harrow on Saturday to keep its spot in the top three safe.
The Roos were unable to truly break away from the Saints, but kept them at arm's length for most of the day to win comfortably 13.10 (88) to 10.6 (66).
Edenhope-Apsley's accurate 6.1 in the first half saw it take a three-point lead into the main break, but the Roos kicked five goals to two in the third term and were in control for the rest of the match.
Callum Hobbs and David Vickery turned the game in the Roos' favour in the middle of the ground an area the Saints have prided themselves on this season.
Ruckman Mick Phelan also continued his run of outstanding form, and Tim Crick booted five.
For the Saints, Tom Clissold's four-goal performance in the forward line stood out, and Mark Riley and Ben Johnson were the only other players named in the best.
Edenhope-Apsley coach Grant Coxon said he had chosen to only name three players in the best because the others had not given the required effort.
"There were not enough people playing for four quarters, and it's no good putting players in there for three quarters of footy," he said.
"They got us in the middle, and Kalkee beat us in the middle as well, so whether we've become a bit complacent, I don't know. We've got the skill and talent, it's just the mental application that is lacking at the moment."
Roos coach Brent Forsyth said his team had done well to address some of its issues going inside 50.
"Some basic errors in the second quarter gave them scoring opportunities, but I thought our boys played pretty well," he said.
"We had a lot of inside 50 entries and still didn't hit the scoreboard quite as well as we could have, but it was better."
Both sides came away with no significant injuries.