PICOLA United asserted its dominance against finals contenders Berrigan Saints on Saturday.
In a game that was tipped to be far closer than it was, Picola left its home ground the happier side, with a 12-goal margin of victory.
The 108-36 result was a test to see where both sides were at, as the Picola and District Football League speeds towards the finals series.
And going into the match, Berrigan was sixth, with a chance to close the gap on fifth-placed Strathmerton, who had the bye.
But the Blues were out to spoil the Saints’ fun, and pass the test with flying colours — and that’s exactly what they did.
Booting four majors in each quarter, a consistent Blues side kept the Saints at bay and out of the match with strong defence, which allowed just 5.6 all day.
Taylor Beard and Travis Gilby each helped themselves to three goals, while Ian Fry was named best on ground, and also chipped in with a major.
A strong point for the Blues this campaign has been their knack of finding avenues to goal through a number of targets.
And as it has all season long, Picola shared the goals around the squad — with nine kickers pitching in for a total of 16 goals.
The win has locked Picola in for finals this year, as ninth-placed Katamatite can no longer catch them, even if the Blues were to lose every match from here on in.
But for Berrigan, it means it is now 7-7 with five rounds remaining, and only four points clear of dropping to eighth.
With four games remaining for the Blues (they have the bye in round 17), they face another stern test on Saturday in the form of Strathmerton.
The fifth-placed Bulldogs have had two more wins than Berrigan, and caused Picola a huge headache in their last outing.
Round three saw United overcome the Bulldogs by a mere five points, with both sides claiming 16 scoring shots.
And with a potential top three spot on the line, both sides will be out for blood to claim their stake near the top of the PDFL ladder.