ROSEDALE moved a game clear of a logjam in the middle of the North Gippsland football ladder by winning at Heyfield on Saturday.
The Blues remain in third place after their 16.8 (104) to 9.8 (62) victory over the Kangaroos.
The teams went into the match level on points, with the Blues gaining the break and leaving the Kangaroos in sixth, still outside the top five on percentage.
Brad Scott was outstanding across half-forward for the Blues, kicking two goals, while full forward Brandon McDonald continued his great form in front of goal, booting five majors.
Joel Bristow led a solid defence.
Rohan Diamond, Tom Anderson and Riley Atlee helped the Blues gain control of a fascinating midfield battle in which James Conway, Jack Woodland and Matt Bedggood performed strongly for Heyfield.
Charlie Driffield kicked three goals, while Mark Johnston tested the Kangaroos defence, finishing with two majors.
Defenders Scott Anderson and Trent Anderson did well under Rosedale's attacking pressure.
Despite having one less scoring shot, the Blues led by four points at quarter-time. The visitors kicked away in the second term, booting seven goals to three to lead by 29 points at half-time.
The Blues edged away with a three-goal to two third term, before adding three goals to the Kangaroos' two in the fourth quarter to win by 42 points.
SALE City was overrun in the final quarter by ladder leader Churchill.
The Bulldogs led at every change, but the Cougars were in front when it mattered most, at the final siren, 14.11 (95) to 13.10 (88).
The visiting Bulldogs led by six points after a four-goal to four opening quarter. Their advantage was extended to 24 at half-time after kicking five goals to two in the second term.
The third quarter began in a confusing manner, with Bulldog Kody Richards shown a red card and Cougar Kurt Holt a yellow for an incident missed by the central umpires but observed by a boundary umpire.
The Bulldogs added only one goal for the term, while the Cougars kicked three, including two from Leigh McDonald, to reduce the deficit to 13 points by three-quarter-time.
In a thrilling final term, a goal from coach Jacob Schuback put the Bulldogs 20 ahead, but the Cougars lifted with Ben Kearns kicking the next goals.
Churchill kicked five goals for the quarter to City's two to win and maintain its hold on top spot. The Bulldogs remain in fifth spot on percentage.
In his return to the Cougars side, Kearns kicked five goals and Brendan Holt four.
Brendan Mason and Lucas Towns were Churchill's best players.
Tom Bowman, Jake Seddon and Elliot Hunt led the way for the Bulldogs. Schuback, playing his 150th game for City, kicked four goals, with three each from Nick Grainger and Bohdi Walker.
YARRAM defeated Traralgon-Tyers United by 60 points to claim the Pride Cup and stay within a game of top spot on the ladder.
Leading by seven points at half-time, the visiting Demons kicked nine goals to three after the main break to win 16.15 (111) to 7.9 (51).
Liam Farley, Chris Coulthard and Chris Bruns were the Demons' best players, while Jarryd Swift kicked four goals.
Zach Kilgower and Dougal Williams were best for TTU, which stays in fourth place, ahead of Sale City and Heyfield on percentage.
COWWARR kept its finals hopes alive with a 51-point win over Gormandale at home.
The seventh-placed Saints remain two wins outside the top five after their 15.16 (106) to 8.7 (55) victory.
After booting four goals to two in the first quarter, the Saints added 10 in the next two terms while keeping the Magpies goal-less.
With Cowwarr leading by 81 points at the final change, Glengarry played its best football in the fourth quarter, kicking six goals to one.
Siaosi Lay-Blake was best-on-ground for the Saints, with Shane Morgan kicking five goals and Pat Tainsh four.
Xavier Taylor was the Magpies' best player.
WOODSIDE all-but confirmed Gormandale will finish the season at the foot of the ladder, defeating the Tigers by 105 points.
In the battle between the bottom two sides, the Wildcats won 19.15 (129) to 3.6 (24). The Tigers are now two wins behind the Wildcats and Glengarry.
Ryan Foat kicked seven goals for the home side, while best-on-ground Izayah Speer botted four and Gary Jones three.