HDFL - CKS Swifts have bowed out of the Horsham District Football League finals race following a 47 point loss to Edenhope-Apsley at Quantong on Sunday.
The Baggies were eyeing off a third consecutive preliminary final berth, but were no match for Edenhope-Apsley, particularly in the second quarter when the Saints booted six unanswered goals to set up the eventual 19.10 (124) to 11.11 (77) victory.
Kicking with the breeze in the opening term, CKS Swifts did get off to a strong start thanks to Ash Cowen and Tom Ruggles goals.
Saints quickly hit back and booted three goals in nine minutes to find the front, however a late major to Jeremy Joiner saw the Baggies go into the first break with a four point lead.
CKS Swifts joint coach Ben Martin told his charges that it wasn't a bad start and they had plenty of opportunities.
"We just wasted a few. From centre half back to centre half forward, we're too unaccountable, allowing them to have the chip out. We get caught in no-man's land," Martin said.
"Stick to your direct opponent and make them kick to a contest."
CKS Swifts began the second quarter as they finished the first, with Ruggles booting his second goal to extend the margin to 10 points.
However, things started to go downhill from there for the Baggies.
Following a frenetic three to four minutes in that term, Saints went to the next level and booted two goals within a minute to snatch the lead back.
Edenhope-Apsley were controlling the stoppages and the only Baggies player to stand out was Ricky Whitehead, who was trying his best to provide some drive into the forward line.
Jeremy Joiner booted a goal at the 20 minute mark to stem the Saints flow, although it was only brief with Dave McLeish quickly responding with his own from a near-impossible angle.
It was that kind of game for the Baggies. Everywhere they turned, they were under pressure and to make matters worse, a goal on the half time siren to Hayden Cartledge saw the Saints lead blow out to 36 points.
Things got better in the third term for the Baggies, but once again it was wasted opportunities in the forward line that ultimately proved costly.
Paul Hanns and Jake Goodes were lively around the packs and Tom Ruggles kicked two goals, while forward Lachie Hamilton chimed in with his first for the afternoon, bringing the margin back to 20 points.
Edenhope-Apsley drew first blood in the final term though and the Baggies could only manage to add one more goal to their score.
Despite a tough afternoon for Baggies forwards, Jeremy Joiner finished with five goals and Tom Ruggles, the Werribee VFL player who missed last week's win over Harrow Balmoral, kicked three.
Ricky Whitehead was named best on ground, while Jake Goodes, Paul Hanns and Justin Thomas could hold their heads high.
Thomas spent most of the match on Saints danger man James Dixon and restricted him to three goals, with two of those kicked in the final term.
CKS Swifts president, Robert Carey, was disappointed with the day's performance, but praised the Baggies for their third finals appearance in a row.
"They (Edenhope-Apsley) were too good and did everything right," Mr Carey said.
"The intensity they had was just a bit better than ours."