Mooroopna showcased its ability to grind out a tough win against a fellow finals-bound outfit on Saturday.
Missing stars Shelby Britten and Genna Ogier, the Cats rose to the occasion against the Shepparton Swans to claim a 45-42 victory.
Georgia Gattuso, Ash Lancaster and Jazmin Clark stole the show for the victors, while Dayna Williams was also outstanding and secured the Victoria Police Medal for best-on-court as part of the Blue Ribbon Cup proceedings.
The Cats controlled much of the contest and were 12 goals up at the final change, but the Swans threw everything they had at the visitors to Princess Park in the last term to just fall short.
Echuca had a strong win against the Bulldogs at Tatura Park, securing a 46-27 result.
Holly Long, Bridget Byrne and Tamara Nicholls stood tall for the Murray Bombers, while Alex Bertram, Steph Gorrie and Jacqui James battled hard for Tatura.
At Kings Park it was Seymour who had the better of a tight contest against Benalla.
Both teams had their defensive units working magnificently in the 36-23 scoreline, with Sarah Szczykulski, Meg Grbac and Sarah Douglas the standouts for the Lions.
Bridget Hill shot 15 of the Saints’ goals.
Mansfield was dominant in its win against Euroa, claiming a 62-20 triumph.
Amy Dixon-Rielly, Nelle Cousins and Jess Walker shone bright for the Eagles, while Eliza Hoare continued her brilliant season for the Magpies.
Yesterday’s fixture had Kyabram come from behind to defeat Rochester 41-35.
The Bombers were five goals behind at three-quarter-time before scoring 15 goals to four in the last stanza to run over the top of the Tigers.