HEPBURN showed its certainly one of the leading players in the race for the Central Highlands Football League premiership, crushing fellow contenders Springbank on home soil this afternoon.
The reigning champions set up the 42-point win with a blistering first-half performance, booting 10 goals to four to hold a commanding lead at the main break.
Star Andy McKay kicked four goals and tall Brendan Sutcliffe three as the pair led the charge for the hosts, which have jumped to sixth on the ladder, percentage behind the fifth-placed GJ Gardner Tigers.
Buninyong collected victory in the other blockbuster encounter of the round, disposing of Daylesford with a clinical 45-point win at home.
The Bombers controlled the contest all afternoon, with the Bulldogs unable to get within three kicks of their rivals after trailing by 25 points at quarter time.
Adam Scott (four goals) and Jarrod Rodgers (three goals) were dangerous up forward, while midfielder Sam Turner turned in a brilliant display to also finish with three majors for the Bombers.
Bungaree and Learmonth both greet the interleague break undefeated after big wins this afternoon.
The Demons remain on top of the ladder thanks to a 104-point drubbing against Carngham-Linton, while the Lakies kicked 51 majors in a 306-point demolition job on Smythesdale.
Dunnstown opened its account for season 2014 with a 22-point win over Skipton, Ballan made it three on the trot thanks to a 56-point triumph against Creswick and Waubra trounced Rokewood-Corindhap by 112 points.
Elsewhere, Clunes got a much-needed victory against Beaufort, winning 106 to 86, and Gordon beat Newlyn by 132 points.
Bungaree 24 points, 270.14%
Learmonth 24, 244.15
Buninyong 20, 181.33
Waubra 20, 140.87
Springbank 16, 215.38
Hepburn 16, 166.67
Daylesford 16, 140.84
Gordon 16, 133.21
Ballan 12, 191.32
Carngham-Linton 12, 124.26
Creswick 8, 93.85
Skipton 8, 82.95
Beaufort 8, 73.24
Clunes 8, 68.20
Dunnstown 4, 58.59
Newlyn 4, 51.51
Rokewood-Corindhap 0, 47.25
Smythesdale 0, 2.71