Great Western recorded a second consecutive loss at the weekend, going down to Glenthompson-Dunkeld in a low-scoring affair.
The Lions managed to kick just six goals as the Rams ran away with a 12.14 (86) to 6.6 (42) win.
Great Western coach Will Bell said “it was just one of those games” where both teams struggled.
“Neither side looked like they played their best footy – it was bit of a windy slog of a game,” he said.
“They played the better match but we never really felt like we were out of it. “We just couldn’t jag that one or two goals here or there to keep us in it.” The loss was Great Western’s second of the season, seeing the team slide to fifth on the ladder.
Bell said he is not too concerned with his side’s form.
“Even though we lost to Lismore the week before it was our best game of the season,” he said.
“There are little things we have to improve on but we have a week off now to spend time on those.”
The Eagles also struggled to deal with the wet conditions, losing to Moyston-Willaura at Alexandra Oval by 38 points.
The home team got the jump on the Pumas, slotting four first quarter goals to take an 11-point lead into the first break. The Pumas got control of the game in the second term, scoring three goals while keeping the home to just one behind to lead by 15 points at half time.
The visitors extended their lead in the second half despite kicking four goals from 11 scoring chances in the final quarter to win 14.20.104 to 9.12.66. Luke Walker topped the goalkickers for Moyston-Willaura with three while Brent Bulger was the only multiple goal-scorer for the Eagles, finishing with four.
Zac Jenkins and Hamish Ennis were named the Eagles best on ground while Pumas captain Aaron Pianta led from the front along with Jamie Bach who has started the year in good form.
Moyston-Willaura sit in third position on the ladder while the Eagles finished the round in 11th spot.
The two teams will have a chance to re-group with a league wide bye coming up this weekend due to the Victoria Country championships. Both teams have shown their best is good enough to match the top teams but consistency will be the focus and trying to get four quarter efforts from players.
The teams will return to the field on May 26 with the Eagles will travel to Caramut, the Lions will host ladder-leading Magpies.