Osborne has continued its resurgence as a Hume power by thrashing an undermanned Howlong at Howlong in the Hume FL match of the round.
Both sides went into the blockbuster unbeaten, but the late withdrawal of Daniel and Matt Bradshaw to go along with the already injured Darren, left the Cats ready to pounce.
Pounce they did, completely outclassing the stunned Spiders keeping them to just six goals for the match, winning 14-13-97 to 6-4-40 to remain top of the ladder after five rounds.
The win by Osborne has now set up a huge clash at home this Saturday against fellow front runners Henty, who are also unbeaten and in blistering form.
Farrer league recruit Steven Crowhurst starred with four goals, while Jamie Parr at half back and Rory Muggavin were amongst a host of Osborne good players.
With the three Bradshaw brothers missing and star wingman Troy Cooper, Howlong after much pre season hype came back to the field and face a tricky few games in their absence.
Walla took its winning streak along to three and in the process jumped into fifth position. The Grasshoppers were not at their best against a plucky CDHBU in a 30 point win.
They did unveil another high profile recruit with former Richmond player Relton Roberts joining the club, to play alongside fellow AFL player Troy Taylor.
Roberts did not let spectators down with a dazzling display of footwork and skills, to kick six goals, while Taylor was kept quiet by Power defender Andrew Ollington.
Coached by former Essendon team of the Century member Merv Neagle the Hoppers are having a great start to the season with its seconds and fourths also winning plenty of games.
Henty warmed up for its local derby top of the table clash with Osborne this Saturday, by belting the BB Saints by a whopping percentage boosting total of 114 points at Henty.
Rick Hon, Matt Tolsher and Todd Spencer led a sparkling display up forward with fifteen goals between them on the back of a dominant on ball division.
The Saints were kept goalless in two of the quarters and if it was not for standout performances from Darryn McKimmie and Trent Storey they would have been humiliated.
Henty now has its sights set firmly on this week’s huge local derby against Osborne with both teams the only two undefeated teams in the competition.
It will be the biggest clash between the two teams since the fiery 1998 grand final decider when Osborne defeated the Swampies by eighty points.
Lockhart gave itself a real finals boost with a hard fought win over a tenacious RW Tigers at Lockhart. The home team overcame a tight first half to win by 212 points.
With the scores level at half time 39 apiece, it was Lockhart who put the game out of the Tigers reach with a withering third term effort.
David Johnson, Chris Cerato and Matt Polman ignited the Demons in the midfield as they piled on 5-5 to just two points to the Tigers.
Brendan Simmons was best for Tigers across half back, while Jess Corrigan-Dale with five goals and Ben Joos were others to contribute for four quarters.
The Tigers have a tough month ahead with games against Howlong, Henty, Holbrook and Culcairn in between the interleague bye.
The remaining game saw Billabong Crows score its maiden win for the 2012 season, by easily accounting for Murray Magpies at Oaklands.
Josh Evans rocketed to the top of the goal kicking ladder with nine goals while former Jindera premiership star Brad Preston was best for the Magpies.
NEXT WEEK – ROUND SIX
Osborne v Henty
Culcairn v Holbrook
RW Tigers v Howlong
Murray Magpies v Lockhart
(sat night LPO)
Walla v Billabong Crows
BB Saints v Jindera (Brock)
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