SALE City defeated Yarram 56-52 at home in North Gippsland netball.
The Bulldogs are now a game clear of fifth-placed Traralgon-Tyers United, who lost to ladder leader Rosedale 42-41.
Second-placed Churchill confirmed the double chance during the finals with a 48-28 win at Heyfield. The Kangaroos remain six points outside the top five with two rounds remaining.
Cowwarr strengthened its hold on second place with a thrilling 41-40 win at Woodside, while Glengarry defeated Gormandale 53-50 at home.
STRATFORD’S hopes of the making the East Gippsland finals are over, after losing to Orbost-Snowy Rovers 48-31.
With two rounds remaining, the sixth-placed Swans are 12 points behind the Blues in fourth.
Boisdale-Briagolong lost at home to Lucknow, 65-38. The win all but secured a top two spot for the Magpies.
Wy Yung defeated Lakes Entrance 55-39, and Lindenow defeated Paynesville 46-33.