North Beach showed their mettle with a nine-point win over fellow finals aspirant Trinity Aquinas in WA amateur football on Saturday.
It was a big response in the wake of a thrashing by Wesley Curtin at home the week before, though they remain in sixth place on the ladder, behind Kalamunda (now fourth) and Trinity (fifth) with the same win-loss record (7-6).
Big forward Kyle Cranley kicked five goals for North Beach.
Kalamunda rose to fourth on the back of a 102-point win over Whitford and the percentage boost may be important at the end of the season.
They now have a 20 percentage point lead over their rivals Trinity and North Beach, which will be difficult to make up.
Chris Holmes (five), Steven Armstrong (four) and James Wright (three) starred in front of goals for Kalamunda at home on Saturday.
Top team Fremantle CBC also had no trouble finding the goals. Their 22 were shared by 12 goal kickers, the best being three each to Alex Wyatt, Chris Basile, Josh Vinci and Matthew O'Malley.
In B Grade, it was probably no surprise second-placed Scarborough and third-placed Wembley played a draw at Henderson Park, 9.13 (67) each. They have almost identical records this year, with 10 wins, three losses and now a draw, and very close points for and points against.
North Fremantle are still on top after their 33-point win at Wanneroo.
A Grade scores, round 13
Fremantle CBC 22.13 (145) bt Swan Athletic 11.7 (73)
Wesley Curtin 15.12 (102) bt Mt Lawley 7.8 (50)
University 11.13 (79) bt West Coast 8.4 (52)
Kalamunda 23.10 (148) bt Whitford 6.10 (46)
Trinity Aquinas 9.10 (64) lost to North Beach 10.13 (73)
Ladder (win-loss, percentage)
FREMANTLE CBC 12-1, 162
WESLEY CURTIN 10-3, 151
UNIVERSITY 8-5, 126
KALAMUNDA 7-6, 119
Trinity Aquinas 7-6, 99
North Beach 7-6, 98
Mt Lawley 6-7, 86
West Coast 4-9, 84
Whitford 3-10, 64
Swan Athletic 1-12, 66