WHAT a difference a week can make in football.
Hepburn, shattered last weekend after coughing up a big lead to lose to Buninyong and slip out of the Central Highlands Football League top four, now looks almost certain to claim a double chance in finals after an impressive win over ladder-leaders Bungaree on Saturday.
The Burras remain fifth on the ladder following the 36-point triumph, but will climb into the four with victory over Dunnstown in the last home and away encounter and likely replace Buninyong (third) or Gordon (second), who are set to do battle.
Hepburn's case was helped by Beaufort's stunning upset of the Bombers on Saturday.
The Crows claimed their biggest scalp of the year with a goal after the siren from Glenn Manton securing a six-point win.
For the Burras, it was a blistering second-quarter burst that cracked the match open against the Demons. The hosts kicked five goals in the opening 12 minutes of the term to race away to a 38-point lead, and from there, Bungaree was never really in the hunt. Although dominating periods of the third quarter, the Demons wasted shots on goal that could have got them back in the contest.
Hepburn had winners all over the park, but forward Michael Watt was one of the most damaging, taking a number of big grabs to finish with five goals. Meanwhile, Geoff Taylor Medallist Andy McKay was back to his brilliant best, Corey Taylor was dangerous around goals, booting four, and Segifili Asa Leausa was steady as ever down back.
For Bungaree, its second loss of the year was a disappointing one, but didn't come without a few standouts. The Demons were led by ruckman David Benson, Jordan Payne in defence and Luke Mirtschin, who kicked three goals playing deep forward.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Daylesford got home by two points against Carngham-Linton, as did Skipton against Ballan, Springbank defeated Learmonth by 46 points, Clunes beat Rokewood-Corindhap by 53 points, Gordon got home over Creswick by 42 points, Waubra thumped Dunnstown by 117 points and Newlyn trounced Smythesdale by 153 points.