Sandhurst celebrated Nick Stagg's 200th senior game in winning style against South Bendigo at the QEO.
After a tight first half, the Dragons put the Bloods away with a big third quarter.
Sandhurst finished with 31 scoring shots to 12 and the final scoreline 13.18 (96) to 5.7 (37) could have looked worse for South had the Dragons kicked straight.
Defender Isaac Ruff, centre half-forward Matt Thornton (four goals) and 100-gamer Lachy Ross were the standouts for the Dragons.
"I wasn't overly happy with our second quarter,'' Sandhurst coach Ash Connick said.
"We got three or four goals up and it looked like we were ready to put the game away, but I thought our players flirted with their form and didn't work as hard as we wanted.
"After half-time we were really dominant. The second half was really pleasing and it was good to get a win for Staggy."
Returning from a calf injury, Sandhurst star Andrew Collins got through the game unscathed.
"The plan was for him to play about 15 minutes a quarter,'' Connick said.
"We put him on ice with about 10 minutes to go. He's on track to play close to a full game next week (against Maryborough) and then be ready to go the following week (against Eaglehawk)."
South Bendigo, who were without coach and best player Nathan Horbury because of Victoria Country commitments, named Brody Haddow, Callum Crisp, Brock Harvey and Tyler McLeod as its best players.
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Meanwhile, Gisborne consolidated second spot on the ladder with a commanding 99-point win over Kangaroo Flat at Gardiner Reserve on Saturday.
The four points were sealed by quarter time after the Bulldogs kicked seven goals to none with the breeze.
The Roos were more competitive in the second and third quarters before the home side put the foot down again with an eight-goal to two final term.
Gisborne had 13 individual goalkickers in the 20.17 (137) to 6.2 (38) win.
"I was really pleased with the way we ran the game out,'' Gisborne coach Clinton Young said.
"We had a good spread of goal kickers and a lot of the boys played well.
"It was scrappy at times because of the conditions, but it was just one of those days where you're happy to get through."
Midfielder Matt Goodyear's superb season continued. The Gisborne star, who was best on ground on Saturday, has been named in the Bulldogs' better players in nine of the 11 games he's played.
Jaidyn Owen produced his best game of the season, experienced duo Casey Summerfield and Scott Walsh were influential and James Ferry showed his class.
Werribee VFL-listed player Ryley Barrack was best for the Roos ahead of promising youngster Ethan Roberts and Brodie Fry.
Gisborne now prepares for a top-of-the-table clash with Strathfieldsaye, while the Roos have the opportunity to push for a breakthrough win in the next fortnight with games against Kyneton and Castlemaine.
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