REIGNING premiers Irymple made a statement with a commanding 31-point win over Red Cliffs at Henshilwood Oval in round 10 of Sunraysia senior football.
After a tight and physical opening, the Swallows broke the game open in the second quarter and didn't look back to win 15.7 (97) to 10.6 (66) -- a scoreline that perhaps flattered the Tigers, who kicked three late goals.
"It was competitive early, really hot and lots of stoppage work," Irymple co-coach Todd George said.
"They've got a really good on-ball brigade so we wanted to make sure we weren't getting beaten in that area first.
"From there, we just had to make sure we were using the ball, going forward we weren't getting stuck going wide, we wanted to exploit the corridor a little bit."
The vital victory capped a milestone day for Michael Condidorio, who was prominent in his 200th game.
Red Cliffs' late goals prevented the Swallows from moving into the top four as their percentage is still marginally less than Imperials', who had a bye this weekend.
Third spot is now occupied by Robinvale-Euston, who climbed above Imperials after shaking off a tenacious Wentworth to win by 43 points at George Gordon Oval.
One goal separated the sides after a low scoring first half but the Eagles added 10 majors to four over the remainder of the match to run out 14.9 (93) to 7.8 (50) winners.
Robinvale-Euston, Imperials and Irymple now have six wins each, although Imperials have a game in hand on the rest of the competition.
At City Oval, South Mildura recorded their third win of the season by 33 points over Mildura.
Coming off a bye last round, the Bulldogs finished strongly with a seven goal final quarter to turn a nine-point advantage at the last change into a 18.14 (122) to 13.11 (89) victory.
The result moved the Bulldogs above the Demons on percentage into sixth, although there is now a 12 point gap to Irymple in fifth.
There were no surprises at Underbool, where ladder leaders Ouyen United did it comfortably against bottom side Merbein to win 18.19 (127) to 7.6 (48) and move one win clear on top again.
It was a much tighter contest between the clubs on the A Grade netball court however, with Ouyen United prevailing 48-45 over Merbein in the crucial second versus third clash.
Elsewhere, South Mildura moved into third with a 57-39 defeat of Mildura, Wentworth stayed in touch with the top four with a 52-35 win over Robinvale-Euston, while Irymple were too strong for Red Cliffs, winning 70-40.