DEDERANG-Mount Beauty proved it isn’t just making up the numbers in the Tallangatta and District league’s top-five by upsetting Mitta United by a point at Dederang on Saturday.
In an old-fashioned arm-wrestle, the competition heavyweights went goal for goal.
The Bombers held on with Daniel Bradshaw kicking their only major for the final quarter.
Coach Marc Almond described the win as the home team’s most consistent performance of the season.
“It’s obviously a very important win,” Almond said.
“We have had our backs to the wall all year and I’m just really proud of the way the boys have stuck at it.
“They have not thrown in the towel, despite often trying circumstances with injuries to our list and things like that.
“They just kept at it and at it and showed a lot of character.”
With ruckman Steve Bradshaw having a big impact, Dederang-Mount Beauty stayed ahead for most of the match.
Jacob Neil, Damien Jones, Jason Gentile and Dale Lappin feasted off their ruckman’s dominance.
Daniel Bradshaw looked a constant threat with three goals.
Mitta United showed plenty of fight but broke down in attack.
Aiden Adams and Nathan Reynoldson were the Blues’ leading goalkickers with two each.
Joel Wilson and Brenton Olsen also shone.
Kiewa-Sandy Creek brushed aside Beechworth to win by a thumping 73 points.
The Hawks were relentless early, kicking 7.7 to 1.1 in the opening quarter with Jye Shields, Mal Vogel, Jason Bartel and Callum Turner involved in many scoring opportunities.
Matt Hunt and Nick Cibiras were again strong for the Bushrangers.
Rutherglen defeated Yackandandah by 67 points with Sam Bowers continuing his outstanding season.
Bowers received plenty of help from Seamus Bromley and Jakeb Meyer as the Cats broke the match open in the second quarter.
They then held off every challenge the Roos threw at them for the rest of the match.
Co-coach Trent Castles was best for Yackandandah for the third successive week.
Tallangatta proved too strong for Wodonga Saints, winning by 36 points.
The Hoppers dominated the first half with coach Zac Fulford leading the way around the packs and Aaron Downie outstanding in attack with four goals.
The loss leaves the Saints anchored to the bottom of the ladder with Yackandandah and their clash awith the Roos in round 17 is expected to decide the wooden spoon.