LAKE Wendouree has rocketed to the top of the Ballarat Football League ladder with a thumping victory over lowly Sebastopol on Saturday.
In an absolute rout at Marty Busch Reserve, the Lakers piled on 10 last quarter goals to run out 27.16 (178) to 4.8 (32) winners.
Ben Hayes booted six goals in a near best on ground display, as 13 Lakers players added their name to the scoresheet.
The Kookaburras got off to the best possible start when Rhys Carman converted from the goalsquare in the opening minute, but from that point onwards it was all downhill.
The Lakers went on to kick 27 of the next 29 goals, before Michael Powell converted a consolation goal for the Kookaburras at the 33-minute mark of the final quarter, his third major for the afternoon.
Youngster Colby Snowden battled hard all day in the midfield for Sebastopol, while Lakers ruckman Matthew Tuminello was unstoppable in giving first use to the likes of Ash Simpson and Angus Kirby.
Speaking after the game, Lake Wendouree Coach Gavin Webb said it was pleasing that his side never took the foot off the pedal but said the margin could have been even greater.
"We probably should have won by more I reckon, we missed some gettable ones but we one every quarter and pulled away which was good," he said.
"I was pleased blokes didn't get goal hungry that they and kept sharing it and kept doing the team things."
Sebastopol coach Phil Carman conceded his side was far behind where it needed to be to remain competitive.
Chase Dummett (hamstring) and Brad Carrigg (rolled ankle) missed most of the match, although Carman said it was no excuse.
"It's really disappointing. In reality they (Lakers) are a lot better side because they are a lot taller and more athletic," he said.
"We're undermanned but I just hope the guys can hang in there."
Lake Wendouree travels to Bacchus Marsh next week in an enticing fixture, while Sebastopol faces the winless Darley.
MEANWHILE, Redan has opened its account with a convincing win over Melton at City Oval today.
The Lions had the ascendancy for the majority of the day, although Melton got the margin within two goals early in the third quarter.
However, Redan steadied and kicked away with seven goals to nil in the last quarter to run out 17.15 (117) to 7.6 (48) winners.
Recruit Nathan Wright bagged six goals, while Brenton Riordan contributed with four majors.
Matt Colbert was named best on ground for the maroon and gold while Melton coach Brad Murphy was a standout for the Bloods.