Both Benalla Under-16s teams are well placed to make a tilt at the Wangaratta and District Junior Football League finals after eight rounds of the 2018 season.
The Giants are in third position on the ladder with six wins from seven matches, while the Bulldogs have won four matches and hold down fourth position.
On Sunday, Giants recorded a convincing win over the Wangaratta Tigers, while Bulldogs were too strong for the Wangaratta Imperials.
At the Friendlies Reserve, Giants led at every change to run out 65-point winners.
Tyson Ryan kicked four goals to take his season tally to 27, while David Button continued his impressive season with four goals.
Luke Dunne, Michael Clark and Tom Levy all kicked two goals to steer their side to victory.
Dunne, defender Josh Milner, Levy, Will O’Donoghue, Clark and Ryan were the Giants’ best players.
The final score Giants 17.11 (113) defeated Tigers 7.6 (48).
At Wareena Park in Wangaratta, the Bulldogs jumped out of the gates kicking four goals to one at quarter time.
The dish-lickers extended their lead in the second quarter, before the home side rallied.
After half-time Imperials outscored the Doggies four goals to three, to go down by 21 points.
Aaron Cooke kicked four goals while Nathan Davies and Regan Williams both chipped in with two.
Davies, Bode Stevens, Chelton Orchard, Oscar Major, Zac Calvert and Will Hoskins were the best for the winners.
In Under-14 matches, the Giants and Bulldogs performed strongly against their Wangaratta opposition.
The Giants went down to the Tigers by 21 points, D. Hurley and Jasper DeFazio kicking two goals each.
Sam Heaney, Louis Thivillier-Lefebvre, Ed Miechel, Tyrone Clark, Tyler McGregor and Charlie McCarthy were the best players.
The Bulldogs took it right up to the Wangaratta Imperials despite trailing at half-time by 37 points.
In their best performance of the season, the Doggies kicked seven goals to four in the second half to go down by 15 points.
Henry Hill kicked two goals and was the Dogs’ best player, while Miller Gilchrist, Jack Fullager, Will Strickland, Darcy Edgar and Tom Riley were the best players.
A win for the team is just around the corner if they can continue to improve each week.
This Saturday, Bulldogs take on Wangaratta College, while Giants do battle with Wangaratta Magpies.
Both games will be played at the Benalla Showgrounds in a great showcase of junior football in Benalla.
In Under-12 matches, Benalla Red were no match for Wangaratta Tigers, Benalla White battled hard against the strong Imperials team, and Benalla Green and Bright played out a close match at the Gardens.
R Hoffman, J Chee, D Clark, and the Woods’ brothers were Red’s best players.
For Benalla White, Alex Murphy, J Bruner, J Stacey, R Ely, C Gracie and S Cox were all strong contributors.
Benalla Green’s best players were T Nicholson, J Ferguson, J Taylor-Parkins, D Vaughan, L Duggan and W Hyland.