HARROW-BALMORAL came within nine goals of a magical triple-figure tally in a huge win over Pimpinio on Saturday.
The Roos dominated from start to finish in their 91-22 victory.
It was a consistent four-quarter effort from the side, which scored 21 goals in the first quarter, 24 in the second, 22 in the third and 24 in the last.
Pimpinio’s best term came after the main break when the team scored eight goals in the third quarter.
Harrow-Balmoral is undefeated in its premiership defence and has a percentage of more than 200.
The Roos sit three wins and more than 40 percentage points clear of Natimuk United – their next closest challenger on the ladder.
Ominously for the rest of the competition, coach Ebonie Salter said her team could improve on its massive win.
“We’ve got a few things to work on, which is probably the best aspect for us – we were able to win by so much but we still have room for improvement,” she said.
“We’ve been working with all of the girls to get them to be accountable for their own position, and everyone stepped up and did their job.
“Pimpinio was competitive for the whole game and I don’t think the scoreboard reflected the effort they put in.”
The Roos were balanced in attack, with Amy Lewis scoring 54 goals and Anna-Grace Close contributing 37.
Salter also highlighted the efforts of goal keeper Kate Houlihan and defender Alex Mason.
Connie Toet also impressed after being brought on in the last quarter.
Noradjuha-Quantong took advantage of several key Laharum outs to keep its grip on fifth place with a 45-23 win.
The Mountain Maids were without playing coach Emma Uebergang and key contributors such as sisters Maddie and Ema Iredell and defender Nikki Ervin.
The Bombers capitalised, with goalies Sammi Avery and Olivia McDonald helping the team to a 15-5 third quarter that set up the win.
Brooke Pay and Hayley McDonald were the Bombers’ best, and Polly Hammerton and Naomi Gash played well for Laharum.
Swifts racked up three A Grade wins in a season for the first time since 2003 by beating winless Taylors Lake 35-25.
The Lakers were up for the fight in the first quarter, trailing by just one goal at the first break.
Ten goals to six in the second quarter gave the Baggies a five-goal lead at half-time, which they doubled by the final whistle.
Bookends Kaitlyn Ralph and Mel Beal were Swifts’ best, while Lakers goal defence Grace Howden took best on court honours for her side.
Rupanyup fought back at Natimuk United, but it was too little, too late for the Panthers in a 52-43 loss.
Michelle Trigg stood out for the Ewes through the mid-court, and goal keeper Kayla Woods competed well for the Panthers.
Emma Forster helped lead Edenhope-Apsley to an important 41-35 win over Kalkee, keeping the Saints in touch with the top five.
Kalkee’s Stevie Bibby was her team’s best player in goal defence.