TUMBARUMBA has given itself a strong chance of hosting the first semi-final after defeating Federal by 18 points at Tumbarumba on Saturday.
The Roos leapfrogged their opponents into third spot on the ladder following an eight goal to four second-half.
"It was fairly windy conditions and both sides used the wind when they had it," coach Mitch Fennessy said.
"Our second-half was really strong.
"It was pretty important in the big scheme of things."
Quinn Rooney played well at centre-half back, Jake Webster was strong in the centre and Aidan Adams provided a target in attack with three goals.
Federal's Eden Mulquiney bobbed up with five goals for the Swans while Steve Bradshaw and Steve Fouracre competed hard.
Tumbaruma take on Bullioh next weekend with Fennessy expecting a fierce tussle.
"It's a tough one," he said.
"Hopefully we get four or five back which will be a positive."
Bullioh hammered Corryong by 175 points.
Ash Murray led the goal-kicking spree with 10 while Hamish Clark was outstanding at ground level and Kelvin Wallace capped off another strong showing with four goals.
Jordan Bailey tried hard for the Demons.
Cudgewa defeated Border-Walwa by 192 points.
Adam Healy was best afield for the winners with nine majors with support coming from Lachlan Whiteley and Rhys Kimball.