INVERLOCH-Kongwak flexed their muscles heading into the finals with an impressive 87-point dismantling of Kilcunda-Bass on Saturday.
Again, it was star forward Toby Mahoney who led the way for the Sea Eagles booting a bag of seven goals, taking his season tally to 54.
The first quarter was a reasonably even battle with the early rain making it hard to score.
IK struck first and managed to gain the momentum adding a further three goals.
But the Panthers were able to generate some great passages of play ending in goals to Jean Bezzene and Chris McKay.
The margin was 12 points at quarter time as the dark clouds loomed over the Inverloch rec reserve.
The weather never worried the home side as they continued to pile on the goals through Mahoney, McCaughan and Dan Houston.
But as the quarter wore on the Panthers gained more and more confidence, switching the ball out of defence and creating some good linking play.
Jake Smith was even able to get on the end of a beautiful forward entry from Damien Holmes and add a great goal mid-way through the term.
The scoring dried up during the back end of the quarter until Toby Mahoney marked hard on the boundary about 50 metres from goal.
After assessing his options, he launched a beautiful kick that sailed straight through the big sticks and gave the momentum back to IK right on the half with a 33-point buffer.
Despite Smith nailing the first goal of the third quarter thanks to an errant kick from IK’s Dyl Clark, the Panthers struggled to muscle their way back into the contest as the Sea Eagles started to power away.
Lewie Rankin popped up for a rare goal for the Sea Eagles after a strong mark about 40 metres out from goal, a brilliant reward for some hard-gut running.
The lead was out to 52-points at three quarter time and the Panthers had just about ran out of gas.
IK continued on their way in the last, Mahoney slotted his seventh and the game was all but finished.
The Sea Eagles have now jumped back to top spot on the ladder and will need to defeat Phillip Island this weekend to secure the week off in the first week of the finals. A loss could see them drop to third if results go against them.
Sea Eagles back on top