West Australians continue to have a stranglehold on the topend of the Oates Vic Open leaderboard following the morning fiend of round two.
Stephen Leaney showed his experience setting up plenty of birdie opportunities thanks to his irons.
The two time Victorian Open champion fired a 4-under 68 today to be 7-under the card and tied third with Adam Blyth who had an impressive 5-under the card in round two.
Playing later in the morning field, Dartnall got hot in the middle of his round firing four birdies in five holes.
Also a WA boy, Dartnall enjoyed playing in the wind on the creek course to finish his round with 5-under the card to be outright second on 8-under.
"It's going to be a windy weekend which always keeps things tough and interesting. It gets pretty windy in summer back home, so we get used to it," said Dartnall who thanks to the flat stick is in contention for a much needed victory.
"My putting has improved a bit; I have been working on that over the off season. So that one thing I feel a bit more comfortable with."
"A win would be great, especially in the first event of the year. My status isn't that great so it would get me into everything, and importantly the Perth International, so it would mean a lot."
With Scott Strange currently on course at 10-undet the card the top-3 spots belong to the sandgropers.
Michael Sim adds another star from the West to the leaderboard. He is tied 5th with Matt Griffin and pre-qualifier James Gibellini.
Oates Vic Open Quick Links
Headlines at a glance
World Rankings / 27th September 2016
Check out the latest World Golf Rankings as at the 27th September 2016.
Japan Golf Tour
Hendry hangs on
Michael Hendry has maintained his position as the leading Australasian money winner on the Japan Tour after taking top honours at the co-sanctioned As...
Parry takes hope from strong finish
A strong finish in his final round will give Craig Parry some confidence in coming weeks as he battles to retain his playing card for the over 50's To...