THE hopes Rosedale and Heyfield had of earning the double chance during the North Gippsland football finals were ended by defeats on Saturday.
The Blues and Kangaroos remain in fourth and fifth places on the ladder respectively, level on points, but a victory of third-placed Traralgon-Tyers United extended the Bombers' lead over the pair to two wins heading into the final round.
A STRONG finish was not enough for the Kangaroos, who lost to Yarram at home, 8.12 (60) to 7.9 (51).
The Demons set-up their victory with three unanswered goals in the first quarter.
The sides kicked two goals each in the second half, but the visiting Demons extended their lead to 21 points by the main break.
The margin was stretched to 25 after the Demons' three-goal to two third term.
Heyfield lifted to kick the only three goals of the final quarter, but the three-quarter-time margin proved too much to overcome, going down by nine points.
James Conway stood-out for Heyfield in the ruck, with Kodie Woodland working hard in the midfield.
Nick Dinsdale wing, Bailey Escreet and Sam Shingles were also solid contributors.
Captain Shaun Humphreys, Nick Woodland and Kodie Woodland kicked two goals each for the Kangaroos. Jack Moore kicked three goals for the Demons.
Griffin Underwood and Liam Farley gave the visitors good use of the ball through the midfield, with Dan Vardy giving Conway a good contest in the ruck.
Ben Vardy was a danger in the forward line, while Jack Weston and Louis Rodaughan played well off half-back
Yarram remains in the hunt for the minor premiership, but will need to defeat TTU next weekend and hope Sale City upsets top side Churchill.
COWWARR recorded an upset onepoint victory over Rosedale.
The Saints trailed by 10 points at the final change, but kicked two goals to one in the fourth term to win 8.9 (57) to 8.8 (56).
Out of finals contention, the home side was held goal-less in the first term, but responded to kick four goals to one in the second quarter to take a five-point lead into half-time.
The Blues had the better of play in the third term, kicking four goals to two, but it wasn't enough to keep the Saints at bay.
Cowwarr could have won by more, having kicked 2.5 in the final quarter.
Braden Johnston, Nick Wozniak and Nick Szabatura stood-out for the Saints, while Shane Morgan and Luke Cooper kicked two goals each.
Adam Diamond was Rosedale's best player, with Matt Royal booting a pair of goals
TTU sealed third spot on the ladder with a 66-point victory over Sale City at home.
The Bombers kept the Bulldogs goal-less in the first half, while kicking eight goals themselves.
The home side kicked five goals to two after the main break to win 13.8 (86) to 2.8 (20).
Nick Grainger kicked both of the Bulldogs' goals.
City defender Troy Carstairs relished the muddy conditions, Mitch Evans and Kerrod Magregor-Davies provided good service across half-back and the forward line respectively.
Jack Caile was best-on-ground for the Bombers, while Guy Sinclair booted three goals.
LADDER leader Churchill defeated bottom side Gormandale by 120 points.
The Cougars won 18.20 (128) to 1.2 (8) with Ben Skinner, Blake Slater and Chris Williams each kicking three goals.
Tyson Kavanaugh kicked the Tigers' only goal for the match in the first quarter.
Coach Williams lead the way for the Cougars, with Allan Chandler and Travis Brighton also prominent.
Earlier, Joseph Wykes kicked 11 goals for Churchill in the reserves, taking his season tally to 103.
WOODSIDE won its second game in three weeks, defeating Glengarry by 118 points at home.
Leading by nine points at quarter-time, the Wildcats added 16 unanswered goals to win 18.21 (129) to 1.5 (11).
Daniel Missen kicked four goals and Gary Jones three for the Wildcats, with Josh Kennedy, Tom Crosby and Frazer Ryan their best players.
The Magpies kicked just one goal for the day, from Nick Quenault in the first term.