Wangaratta rounded out a demolition of the bottom five teams with its biggest win over Wangaratta Rovers yesterday.
The fierce rivals have never been further apart following the 30.12 (192) to 3.4 (22) hiding.
The premiers have racked up a staggering 816 points and conceded just 132 in thumping wins, averaging 163 to 26.
They sit two wins behind undefeated Albury, but another bottom five coach in Rovers’ co-mentor Sam Carpenter has come out and declared them the flag favourites.
Rovers, meantime, are winless.
Pies’ star Michael Newton is on target for his maiden 100-goal mark in the league after kicking nine.
He now has 46 from the nine rounds and given the Pies are likely to play at least two finals, he only needs to maintain that average of five.
He sat out the final term, but is expected to face Lavington as the Pies start a run against the other top teams.