Great Western recorded one of the most important wins in its history on Saturday, taking down reigning premiers Wickliffe-Lake Bolac to continue their unbeaten start to the year.
It was a good old-fashioned shootout at Great Western, with 41 goals kicked between the two sides.
The Lions blew the game apart with a nine-goal first term and moved even further ahead with six goals in the second quarter.
The Magpies threw all they had at the home side, but the Lions were too good on their offensive end, winning 25.7 (157) to 16.19 (115).
The victory keeps the Lions atop the Mininera District league ladder after eight rounds, yet to lose a game so far this season.
"It was the biggest game of the year by far to date," Lions coach Will Bell said.
"Lake Bolac is a very quality team, especially in the midfield department so it is a big win for our club.
"We didn't want to deviate from what we have been doing all year."
Bell said speed with the ball helped his team over the line.
"We just moved the ball quickly, with good spread of running players to get the ball forward as much as we could," he said.
"It's a credit to our midfielders who did an outstanding job against a stellar opposition.
"Being accurate early really helped too. They missed a lot of shots and probably kicked themselves out of it as well."
The victory continues Great Western's remarkable turn of form, with the club winning just one match during the 2017 season and five last year.
"The boys pretty rapt about how things are going," Bell said.
"Hopefully we can keep going the way we are, get a few more wins and pencil in a top five spot which would be a huge accomplishment for this club."
The A Grade netballers also had a positive result, drawing with the Magpies 50-50.
Things don't get any easier for Great Western, facing second-placed Penshurst next weekend.
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