By Lance Jenkinson
Werribee Districts had a runaway 60-point win over Sunshine at Kinder Smith Reserve on Saturday to move within percentage of top spot in the Western Region Football League division 1.
On the back of a three-game winning streak, the Tigers have joined Altona and Spotswood at the top of the ladder with a 7-2 record.
However, the Tigers’ inferior percentage has kept them in third spot.
The Tigers are undefeated in five games on the road this season, including memorable wins over Altona, St Albans and Spotswood.
Werribee Districts gradually pulled away from Sunshine and turned an early competitive game into a one-sided second half.
Trent Lee, who claimed best-on-ground honours, Cameron Lee and Oscar Junker kicked three goals apiece, while Connor Thar and Chris Molivas chimed in with two each.
If form continues, Werribee Districts could get a chance to have a significant percentage booster when it visits bottom-of-the-ladder Albion on Saturday.
Hoppers Crossing did just that against Albion at J.R. Parsons Reserve last Saturday evening.
The Warriors ran out 119-point winners against the struggling Cats.
Brenton Payne was in red-hot form for the Warriors with nine goals.
The win propels Hoppers Crossing into the top five percentage.
The top six teams are now separated by just one win with the top three on seven wins and the next three on six.
Point Cook could only dream of being one of those six teams as the newly promoted Bulldogs are still finding their feet at the level.
They received another lesson, going down to six-time defending premiers Deer Park by 126 points at Saltwater Reserve.
In division 2, Point Cook Centrals were out-classed by 42 points by Yarraville Seddon at Featherbrook Reserve.
The signs were good for the Sharks early as they took a 13-point lead into quarter-time, but the Eagles took over thereafter.
Manor Lakes took the extraordinary step of forfeiting its seniors and reserves games against Wyndhamvale.
The Storm will officially decide this week whether it will keep those sides in the competition for the remainder of the season.
In division 3, Glen Orden went down for the first time this season, losing by 50 points to Albanvale.
The Hawks eight-game winning streak came to an abrupt halt on a day when they only managed to kick five goals.
Tarneit blew past Laverton by 81 points at Laverton Park Reserve on the back of six goals to spearhead John Zangari.
Wyndham Suns suffered a 74-point defeat away to Braybrook at Pennell Reserve.