Myrtleford's Hugh Wales will miss Saturday's away clash against Wodonga through suspension.
Wales was charged with carelessly striking Wangaratta's Mark Anderson during the second quarter.
"I was trying to defend my team-mate, got a little bit high, didn't think there was much in it," he said immediately after the game.
However, Wales decided to accept the one-match set penalty.
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Despite spending 15 minutes off the ground, Wales was one of the game's best players.
The left footer set up Lachie Dale midway through the first term, although he missed the chance.
He also took a strong mark in defence early in the third and again produced a superb kick to Ryan Crisp.
Wales nabbed 20 possessions and when Wangaratta was trying to launch a comeback in the third stanza, he produced outstanding work, which allowed Tom Ellard to snap a goal.
The Saints have turned seven-two at the halfway mark.
Myrtleford now heads back into the 'easier' part of the draw in the next fortnight.
The Saints face Wodonga (ninth) and North Albury (10th).
Wangaratta Rovers (round 12) and Wodonga Raiders (14) are likely to provide the next big tests.
The Saints will then round out the season with Wangaratta, Lavington and Albury.
If they can replicate their first half, they would hit that trio with a 13-2 record.
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