EAGLEHAWK proved no match for Gisborne at Gardiner Reserve on Saturday in a Bendigo Football League contest that was already as good as over by quarter-time.
Chasing both their first top-five scalp and back-to-back wins this season, the Hawks were blown away from the outset as Gisborne's strong form continued with a commanding 105-point win, 22.12 (144) to 6.3 (39).
The Bulldogs' sixth win in a row was set-up in the opening term when they belted the Hawks out of the middle to set up a 42-point lead at quarter-time, 7.6 to 1.0.
Gisborne's half-time lead grew to 49 points, before the Bulldogs unleashed another of their trademark second halves of dominance, kicking 10 goals to one in what was a win that officially guaranteed them a top-three finish.
The Bulldogs had winners all over the ground, including Ethan Minns (six goals) and Jarrad Lynch (five), who combined for 11 goals.
Midfielder Tom May continued his impressive form, while wingman Josh Bain, Josh Govan and ruckman Tom Waters were others in the best for the Bulldogs.
"We've got a lot of experience out of the side at the moment and again, it was just good to see the young blokes step up and our depth is really starting to come through," Gisborne assistant coach Jordan Barham said.
"And we're defending really well, which is a good sign."
The Bulldogs have conceded just seven goals their past two games against the Hawks and South Bendigo.
The loss cost the Hawks their position in the top five with three rounds remaining.
"We were never in the hunt today. They came out and blitzed us early," Eaglehawk coach Luke Monaghan said.
"The centre clearances were 7-1 their way in the first quarter, their ball use was just super and our backs just couldn't do anything."
The Hawks lost the returning Ryan Threlfall to a shoulder injury early in the game, while Daniel Johnstone hurt a calf in the second term.
Onballers Riley McIvor, Josh Ketterer and Kevin Archbold were the best on a bitterly disappointing day for the Hawks.