QUALITY football prevailed over difficult conditions in round 12 as Hopetoun and Jeparit-Rainbow locked horns.
The Lakers kicked away with the wind in the first quarter and held on to a 10-point lead at the first change.
The second quarter was played to a higher standard as players adjusted to the wind, with the Devils kicking 6.2 to the Lakers' 4.3.
Hopetoun led by one point at the main break, but again the Lakers came out hard and kicked 4.3 in the third term.
The game was in the balance in the last quarter but a fitter Hopetoun was able to restrict the Lakers to one point, running out eight-point victors.
Hopetoun's Jack Landrigan kicked four goals in a best-on-ground performance.
Ben Webster also kicked four, while Hayden Drew and Matt Bellinger were among the best.
Jeparit-Rainbow's Elliot Bath and Heath Clugston kicked three goals each, and Trevor Johnstone and Tyler Edelsten were named the Lakers' best players.
Undefeated Beulah and second-placed Sea Lake-Nandaly Tigers faced off, with the Blues getting away to a strong start on their home ground.
A 20-point first quarter did not amount to much when the Tigers kicked three quick goals late in the term to only trail by one point.
The second quarter was a dominant display of pressure football by the Tigers' backline, which restricted Beulah's entry to the forward 50.
The Blues responded to a 13-point half-time deficit and worked hard to hold the Tigers scoreless in the third quarter before completely dominating the last quarter.
Beulah kicked strongly into the wind after the final change to win by 39 points.
Blues Denis Redden and Brock Orval kicked three goals each, and Orval joined Tom Hallam and Michael Farelley among the best.
Cliff Ryan was the only multiple goal-scorer for the Tigers with two, while John Guthrie and Ben Notting were named in the best players list.
Woomelang-Lascelles was able to score freely in the first term against Walpeup-Underbool, scoring 4.6 with the wind.
But the Cats were unable to clamp down on the Roos, allowing 3.1 at the other end.
Taking momentum into the second quarter, Walpeup-Underbool scored four goals to the Cats' one, and had an eight-point lead at half-time.
The Cats reduced the deficit to five points at three-quarter-time and stood up in the last quarter as they over-ran their opponent to claim a 19-point victory.
Corey Kelly, five goals, Jayden Lonergan, four goals, impressed as did Devin McFarlane and Trent Donnan.
For the Roos, Kane Munro seven goals was best on ground again, while Wade Champion kicked three and was also in the best along with Ryan Stacey.