SOUTH Mildura broke through for their first win of 2017, upsetting Merbein by 15 points at Kenny Park.
The Bulldogs led by the same margin at three quarter time and held firm in a tight and tough final term to win 13.11 (89) to 11.8 (74).
Coach Patrick Irwin said the result was a big step forward for the club.
"It's huge. In the context of the season, it is just a win but we've been building and building and we've spoken about, in the past couple of weeks, (how) we've put ourselves in good positions but to take that next step is the hardest one," he said.
Meanwhile at City Oval, co-tenants Mildura and Imperials fought out a thriller, with the Demons prevailing by one point.
Imperials, who were 16 points adrift at the last change, trailed all game until the 12th minute of the final term.
They surged to a 10 point lead through Adam Hartlett (eight goals) then Jayden Fox, before Mildura's Carmelo Lando and Josh Martin kicked the last two goals of the game for a 16.7 (103) to 15.12 (102) victory.
At John James Oval, Robinvale/Euston defeated Wentworth by 25 points, 11.19 (85) to 8.12 (60).
Irymple were far too strong in a 85-point thumping of Red Cliffs at Henshilwood Oval, running out 19.17 (131) to 7.4 (46) winners.
In A Grade netball, fortunes at Kenny Park were reversed with Merbein snatching a one-goal win over South Mildura, 49-48.