North Ballarat Rebels’ captain Darcy Tucker, bottom-age utility Jarrod Berry and small forward Matthew Johnston were all influential in the 14.14 (98) to 9.9 (63) victory.
Tucker and Berry each collected 26 disposals across half-back and provided excellent rebound from defence, while Johnston booted one goal and impressed with his ferocious tackling.
AFL Victoria Talent Manager Phil Partington said all three players contributed well to the win.
“We were pleased with all the Rebels’ boys today,” Partington said.
“Certainly I thought that Darcy and Jarrod provided a lot of run and carry and a lot of creative handballs to get our run going.
“I thought Matt Johnston’s pressure down forward was exceptional as well. He got rewarded a few times for his good tackles with turnovers that other players were able to finish off.”
The comprehensive victory was set up by a blistering six-goal opening quarter from Vic Country, in which Vic Metro was held to just a solitary behind.
Metro finally managed to register its first major halfway through the second term, but never really challenged Country’s lead at any stage.
Vic Country will now travel to face South Australia on Sunday at AAMI Stadium, while the Rebels clash with the Murray Bushrangers at RAMS Arena on Saturday.