It was a crisp, winter's day in Harrow when the Horsham District Football League's reigning premiers Harrow-Balmoral sent the competition a message with a commanding win over fellow flag-hopefuls Kalkee.
Roos coach Nick Pekin said he was "ecstatic" with the win.
"We've identified that game as a game to win for the past six weeks... and to get a win against a side sitting equal second... I'm very proud of the boys," he said.
The Southern Roos dominated from the outside, although they initially struggled to translate that dominance onto the scoreboard, kicking 4.6 (30) in the first quarter.
In the second, the Roos found their rhythm, kicking 5.2 (32) and widening their lead.
Cody Deutscher kept Kalkee livewire Simon Hobbs quiet, while the Roos forwards did enough to stay in front.
The Kees had their moments, showing brilliance through the corridor when they moved the ball quickly.
However, the Southern Roos matched the Kees intensity and willingness to move the ball through the middle of the ground.
"We had to beat them at their own game. We wanted to try to play corridor, attacking footy," Pekin said.
It was pulsating, spectator football, and even as they trailed by over six goals for much of the game, the Kees kept up their intensity, forcing the reigning premiers to fight for every goal they scored.
"As expected, they were never going to lay down," Pekin said.
As expected, they were never going to lay down.Nick Pekin
The final quarter was an arm wrestle as the Kees surged, outscoring the Roos six goals to four, with Jim Staude's three goals helping the home side remain just out of Kalkee's reach.
Meanwhile, the Rams took home the upset of the round, beating Swifts by just 4 points in Natimuk.
After training by 19 points at half time, the Rams kicked five goals to none in the third term to snatch the lead and hold onto it in a tense final term.
Swifts were left to rue the missed opportunity to cement their place in the top six, after kicking 10.21 (81), from 31 scoring shots to the Rams 20.
Up north, the Storm surged to a 171-point triumph over Edenhope Aspley, even after taking their foot off the pedal in the second half.
The Storm kicked 18 goals in the first half of the match, but managed just eight in the second.
Jay Kirkwood booted 10 majors in a return to the scintillating form that saw him lead the goal kicking earlier in the season.
The Panthers blasted past Edenhope in a exciting match, with twelve goals kicked in the first quarter between the two sides.
Jack Musgrave extended his goal kicking lead with nine majors as the Panthers shared the scoring with nine individual goal kickers.
Kaniva Leeor notched the first win under new coaches, Dylan Collis and Beau Harris, blowing the Lakers out of the water by one-hundred and six points; 22.15 (147) to 6.5 (41).
Kayne Councillor, Jock Maddern and Carl Hausler lead the Cougars to victory, while Matthew McCulloch and Andrew Phelan toiled hard for Taylors Lake.
Ladder-leaders Noradjuha-Quantong did all they could to keep the Tigers in the hunt, kicking a wayward 13.21 (99), while Pimpinio kicked 2.6 (18) in return.
Nigel Kelly and Taylor Whitworth were the Bombers' best, while Nathan Clough and Harry Bigmore impressed for the Tigers.
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