Springbank has reclaimed the Jimmy Toohey Memorial Shield with a narrow victory over rivals Gordon.
The Tigers' five-point win was their first of the Central Highlands Football League season and first for new coach Joe Otto.
Springbank led at every change, but the Eagles refused to lie down and kicked four goals to one in the final term to just fall short.
New ruckman Johnathan O'Brien was a star for the Tigers, while Billy Driscoll was dominant in attack with five goals.
Over at Buninyong and it was the Bombers that landed another important victory.
After beating Springbank in round two, the side managed an eight-point success against the Cats.
Newlyn key forward Marcus Darmody kicked five goals, but it wasn't enough as the home side was lifted over the line by the likes of Lachlan Baker, Sam Russell and Jarrod Morgan.
Waubra showed once again why it is considered one of the main premiership chances, beating Hepburn by 10 points.
A big third term helped the Burras turn a 23-point half time deficit into a four-point lead at the last change, but the Roos pulled out enough in the final quarter to keep their unbeaten record in tact.
Rokewood-Corindhap made it three wins from as many matches by beating Carngham-Linton on Saturday, reigning premiers Beaufort bounced back to form with a big victory over Skipton, Creswick defeated Daylesford, Bungaree got the better of Dunnstown and Learmonth proved too strong for Ballan.
Buninyong 11.9 (75) d Newlyn 9.13 (67)
Springbank 12.12 (84) d Gordon 11.13 (79)
Bungaree 13.6 (84) d Dunnstown 8.12 (60)
Beaufort 18.18 (126) d Skipton 9.6 (60)
Waubra 11.11 (77) d Hepburn 9.13 (67)
Rokewood-Corindhap 16.11 (107) d Carngham-Linton 7.10 (52)
Creswick 10.14 (74) d Daylesford 7.10 (52)
Learmonth 15.12 (102) d Ballan 14.4 (88)
Rokewood-Corindhap 197.26 12
Waubra 160.61 12
Hepburn 194.12 8
Beaufort 169.44 8
Creswick 125.68 8
Gordon 123.74 8
Buninyong 105.42 8
Bungaree 100.00 8
Learmonth 83.86 8
Newlyn 116.81 4
Ballan 100.00 4
Skipton 83.39 4
Springbank 82.38 4
Dunnstown 66.67 0
Daylesford 56.84 0
Clunes 53.38 0
Carngham-Linton 32.15 0