WOORNDOO Mortlake made a stunning comeback in its Mininera and District Football League clash against Tatyoon last Saturday.
The Tigers, who trailed by seven goals at quarter time, roared back into the match in the final three terms to record one of its best wins of the season.
The 13.14 (92) to 11.9 (75) victory was their seventh of the year and first against a top five side.
After Tatyoon opened the match with an 8.5 to 1.3 first term, the Tigers kicked 5.5 to 2.2 in the second quarter to work their way back into the contest, cutting the margin to 11 points.
The Hawks responded in the third period and outscored the Tigers 3.1 to 2.2 to push their margin back out to 16 points.
However, Woorndoo Mortlake challenged in the final term and started to get on top of the Hawks, kicking 5.4 to just one behind to record a 17 point win.
Sam Rix was best afield for the Tigers, with strong support coming from the likes of Mitch Jubb, Sam Gervasoni, Tim Ackerley and Tyne Anderson.
Richard McCormick was also pivotal in the win, kicking four goals and also finishing in his side’s best players.
This weekend, the Tigers face a difficult challenge when they host an unbeaten Wickliffe Lake Bolac outfit.
Tatyoon is expected to regain a host of experienced players ahead of this Saturday’s clash with Glenthompson Dunkeld, who is fresh off a 44-point triumph over Great Western.
The Rams were wasteful in front of goal, kicking just 11 goals from its 32 scoring shots.
Moyston Willaura continued its late season surge with a 114-point victory over Ararat Eagles.
The Pumas are now just one win outside the top five ahead of a clash with bottom side Caramut this weekend.
However, the Swans will carry winning form into the match after defeating Hawkesdale Macarthur by two goals for the club’s first triumph since August 12 last year.
Should Moyston Willaura get the better of Caramut, the Pumas could potentially set up a winner take all round 17 showdown against Lismore Derrinallum
The Demons were beaten by 10 points against Penshurst last Saturday, but remain a game clear in fifth position.
This Saturday they will play SMW Rovers, with a victory all but assuring its premiership defence remains alive, while a loss could leave them equal on points with both the Bulldogs and Pumas with one game remaining.
Meanwhile, premiership favourites Wickliffe Lake Bolac defeated SMW Rovers by 59 points despite a fierce contest.
Woorndoo Mortlake’s reserves kept its finals hopes alive with a 10.13 (73) to 4.1 (25) triumph against Tatyoon.
The Tigers set up the win by keeping the Hawks goalless in the opening half.
Mitch Walsh was best on ground in the victory, while Tim McDonald, Hayden Wright, Jacob Gray, Kyal Makepeace and Dale White (four goals) all played well.