UPSETS were looming in a couple of matches at the halfway mark on Saturday, but in the end results all went as expected, with the bottom six teams all beaten by opponents inside the top eight.
The close one was at North Wangaratta, where Greta skipped out to a 13-point lead over the Hawks at halftime, only for the reigning premiers to claw their way back in front and hold on for an eight-point victory.
Greta coach Dan McLaughlin was left with mixed feelings after the contest.
“It was great to get as close as we did, but also disappointing, because we were in a winnable position and we couldn’t quite get over the line,” McLaughlin said.
“They got off to a good start, we got on top in the second quarter, but the third quarter hurt us, when they kicked three goals to nothing.
“From there they slowed the game down, clogged it up and just made it really hard for us to break the shackles.
“I was proud of the way the boys played though.”