The Tindal Magpies walked away with their heads held high after taking it right up to the undefeated Ngukurr Bulldogs in Big Rivers Football competition on the weekend.
The Magpies have taken severe beatings in recent years, but are now showing their mettle under coach Rob Hanna.
The value of the core players for Eastside Blues can never be ignored, with Kayle Kossack in particular lighting up Tindal Oval.
The Bulldogs retained their undefeated record, but had to fight hard after being led by the Magpies into the first and second breaks.
The eventual 16-point winners go into Round Six with a four - zero record and will face up against a Northern Warlpiri team keen to prove its premiership contention.
The Katherine Camels also remain undefeated after stopping the run of Kalano to win by 96 points.
The side's tightly organised structure and high work ethic was on display as they consistently got better numbers to the fall of the ball in all parts of the ground.
For the Bombers there were encouraging signs in the second quarter in particular as their trademark ball movement turned on to the tune of three goals in five minutes.
A run into the finals now would require an undefeated run home through Tindal, Arnhem, Northern Warlpiri and Ngukurr.
The Katherine South Crocs continued Arnhem Crows' torrid start to the season running out 103-point victors.
In the women's division Eastside ran over the Katherine Camels to emerge as 79-point victors.
The Eastside Women's physicality and clean hands in the contest have them now sitting in third with even wins and losses.
The biggest match of the round however was undoubtedly that between Arnhem Crows and the Tindal Magpies.
The Magpies went into the game undefeated as they continue to attract star-quality talent.
Yet it was the Arnhem Crows which astounded pundits with a stellar 51-16 victory away at Tindal Oval
The Crows are now sitting on top of the ladder and are already perhaps Big Rivers' greatest good-feeling story of the season. It's exciting to see the community women's up and about as they prove not only the boys teams out there have football talent in spades.