It was an influential round in the Ballarat Football Netball League with two new sides entering the top six with finals inching ever-closer.
There were blowouts, there were bags and there were even some scares.
The lack of crowds made for an interesting day of footy, but there was still plenty to excite on the field.
Here's how round 11 played out.
Burra brilliance keeps the dream alive
Sebastopol has kepts its finals dream alive, storming past Melton South by 112 points and all but ending the Panthers' season in the process.
James Keeble was the Burra's chief destroyer, kicking his first of five goals within 30 seconds of the opening bounce.
Another would follow in quick succession as the Burra dominated possession and territory to restrict the visitors to a lone point in the first quarter.
Toby Hutt and Michael Lockyer (four goals each) enjoyed freedom in attack as the hosts' authority translated into an 89-point lead at half-time.
From there, it was a case of getting through unscathed for Sebastopol and damage limitation for Melton South.
The win sees the Burra jump from seventh to fourth, though two tough games against
Melton South remains 10th and although it's still mathematically possible to make finals, the miraculous chain of events needed resign the Panthers to another bottom-half finish.
Sebastopol FNC 14.14, 18.19, 18.19, 24.21 (165)
Melton South FNC 1.3, 4.5, 4.5, 8.5 (53)
GOALS, Sebastopol FNC :James Keeble 5, Toby Hutt 4, Michael Lockyer 4, Jed Hill 3, Luke Kiel 2, Michael Powell 2, Daniel Widgery 1, Lachlan Cassidy 1, Jacob Wilkinson 1, Liam Stow 1
Melton South FNC : Matthew Sullivan 2, shaun wyatt 2, David Callus 2, Jarrod Bibby 1, Matthew Mckane 1
BEST, Sebastopol FNC : Jacob Wilkinson, Michael Lockyer, Lachlan Cassidy, Luke Kiel, Ben Hutt, Dayne Furness
Melton South FNC : David Callus, Matthew Notman, Matthew Sullivan, Matthew Wallace, Rhys Lee, Cody Chapman
Lions fight back to stun Lakers
Staring down defeat in a do-or-die clash, Sunbury put on one of its best performances of the season to keep itself in finals contention.
Trailing by 17 points at quarter time, the hosts recovered to keep Lake Wendouree scoreless for the entire second half and record a vital 13.17 (95) to 5.5 (35) win.
Sunbury's defensive marshall Tyson Lever showed his importance and was named the side's best.
The win has pushed Sunbury up from eighth into a finals spot, with another home game next weekend.
Lake Wendouree, meanwhile, is four points off the finals contenders, and will be hard-pressed to catch up after losing four points on the pack through the bye next weekend.
Sunbury FNC 1.0, 3.9, 8.13, 13.17 (95)
Lake Wendouree FNC 3.5, 4.5, 5.5, 5.5 (35)
GOALS, Sunbury FNC : Alec Goodson 3, Ben Brennan 2, Jake Sutton 2, Leigh Brennan 1, Mitchell McLean 1, Luke Goater 1, Harry Power 1, Riley Miller 1, Joshua Guthrie 1
Lake Wendouree FNC : Nicholas Rippon 2, Timothy Collins 1, Callum Mc Kay 1, Shaun Finlayson 1
BEST, Sunbury FNC : Tyson Lever, Jake Sutton, Nathan Wood, Haydn Ross, Joel Muir, Jack Hannett
Lake Wendouree FNC : Nicholas Rippon, Ashley Simpson, Callum Mc Kay, Angus Gove, Harrison Robertson, Kye Edwards
Roos' dominance sinks Redan
East Point sent a timely reminder of its supremacy, running riot in a 79-point demolotion job that severely dented Redan's finals push.
Both sides were at the mercy of last-minute VFL squad selections, though the Roos were the only benefactors.
Joel Ottavi was a shock omission for Williamstown and bagged a six-goal haul on his return to Eastern Oval.
Redan lost ball magnet Cooper Craig-Peters late to Footscray's VFL side and his absence was obvious against a quality opponent.
Jack Ganley (four goals) continued his hot run of form, while Jacob Brown flourished in a more mobile role.
The loss sees Redan slip from sixth to eighth. The Lions are still equal on points with four sides above them, but now enter their last two games under increased pressure.
East Point FNC 4.5, 9.9, 17.12, 19.17 (131)
Redan FNC 2.2, 4.5, 7.7, 7.10 (52)
GOALS, East Point FNC : Joel Ottavi 6, Brad Whittaker 4, Jack Ganley 4, Jake McQueen 2, Bryson McDougall 1, Jacob Brown 1, Lucas Dahlenburg 1
Redan FNC : Orren Stephenson 2, Dean Chester 1, Grant Bell 1, Lachlan McLean 1, Izaac Grant 1, Alexander Harvey 1
BEST, East Point FNC : Jacob Brown, James Lukich, Billy Jones, Aden Nestor, Mickitja Rotumah-Onus, Jordan Taylor
Redan FNC : Lachlan McLean, Keenan Waterbury, Christopher Giampaolo, Cooper Atchison, Patrick Britt, Flynn Atchison
Roosters return in style
If North Ballarat thought the trip down the highway to take on the winless was going to be an easy day out they soon received a rude shock.
The Devils - aided by the inclusion of VFL-listed small forward Ryan Kemp - started an inspired and threw everything at the visitors to enter the quarter-time break only four points behind.
A 3.5 second quarter gave North Ballarat a bit of a buffer but the hosts were demanding the league leaders play their best football.
Brendan McCartney's men responded in turn and ran riot in the second half to secure a 14.14 (98) to 6.8 (44) win.
Cameron McCallum was the Roosters' best, kicking three goals but was well supported by Ryan Hobbs in defence,
North Ballarat FNC 3.0, 6.5, 10.9, 14.14 (98)
Darley FNC 2.2, 3.2, 5.4, 6.8 (44)
GOALS, North Ballarat FNC : Cameron McCallum 3, Thomas Hotchin 3, Fletcher Loader 2, Jamie Quick 2, Fletcher Toose 1, Johnathan O'Brien 1, Riley Polkinghorne 1
Darley FNC : Leigh Spiteri 2, Trent Angwin 2, Brodie Coots-Majer 1, Ryan Kemp 1
BEST, North Ballarat FNC : Cameron McCallum, Ryan Hobbs, Joseph Symons, Riley Polkinghorne, Elliott Lamb, Thomas Hotchin
Darley FNC : Darren Leonard, Joel Cadman, Ryan Kemp, Shane Page, Harley Inglis, Brady Wright
Bloods get the job done on the road
Melton has taken a step closer to shoring up a double-chance, rallying late to celebrate a four-goal away win against Bacchus Marsh.
The Bloods wrestled control early, with Ryan Carter (three goals) and Braedan Kight (three goals) continuing their stellar seasons.
The vistors built their game off their defence and managed to keep the Cobras goalless in the second quarter to enjoy a 31-point lead at half time.
The Cobras wouldn't roll over, however.
Aaron Willits led the charge, kicking three goals on his first game back from injury to ease the load on spearhead partner Jake Owen (three goals).
Trailing by five goals heading into the final term, the Cobras continued their late assault and cut the deficit down to 11 points with 10 minutes to go.
Melton's might would prove too strong, however, the visitors kicking a glut of late goals to secure the win and stay eight points clear in second place.
Melton FNC 4.3, 8.3, 11.7, 13.11 (89)
Bacchus Marsh FNC 2.3, 2.8, 5.11, 8.15 (63)
GOALS, Melton FNC : Ryan Carter 3, Braedan Kight 3, Liam Carter 2, Kevin Klix 1, Harrison Hanley 1, Billy Crofts 1, Jaycob Hickey 1, Lachlan Walker 1
Bacchus Marsh FNC : Aaron Willitts 3, Jake Owen 3, Connor Tangey 1, Billy Griffiths 1
BEST, Melton FNC : Bailey Mawson, Jack Walker, Ryan Carter, Braedan Kight, Kyle Borg, Lachlan Hickey
Bacchus Marsh FNC : Lachlan Christopher, Daniel Burton, Alex Porter, Connor Tangey, Aaron Willitts, Ryan Bartlett