North Ballarat City has demonstrated why its second on the ladder after winning a top four clash with Lake Wendouree by 13 goals.
North got out to a strong start to lead the Lakers at every break in A-grade Ballarat Football Netball League competition on Sunday.
East Point won a crucial contest at Marty Busch Reserve on Saturday, defeating Sebastopol 36-50.
The victory puts the Kangaroos back in the top three, while the Burra drops to fifth position on the ladder.
Bacchus Marsh came off the bye with intent as it tries to prove itself ahead of finals.
With two straight losses against top teams, Cobras coach Michael Saker put it to his players to challenge the undefeated Sunbury and return to winning form.
The Cobras fell six goals shy of victory after drawing the first and final quarters, and losing the third term by a single goal.
It was only a 12-7 goal second term where the Lions managed to take control and build a lead.
While Bacchus Marsh had seven more goal attempts than Sunbury, the Cobras only shot at 65 per cent efficiency.
Whereas Ruth Smith starred for the Lions, making 20 of her 22 goal attempts.
But Bacchus Marsh can still take confidence out of pushing the reigning champions on home court.
Melton, still on the hunt for its first win, tested Ballarat with a tight opening quarter resulting in scores level at quarter time.
While the Bloods only trailed by a goal the next two breaks, the Swans managed to extend the lead in the fourth term to win, 41-37.
The bottom three teams Redan, Darley and Melton all had byes on the weekend.