Glenorden has breathed fresh life into its season with consecutive wins in the Western Region Football League division 2.
The Hawks staved off a gallant fightback from local rivals Manor Lakes to defend their home turf by 12 points at Heathdale Oval on Saturday.
After leading by 46 points at three-quarter time, the Hawks relaxed a little bit at the start of the last quarter and some panic started to set in as the Storm reeled off five unanswered goals to get within two kicks in time-on.
But the Hawks held on to win 12.17 (89) – 11.11 (77) and move to within two games of the top four.
Josh Macdonald, Ben Toner and Matthew Sparks booted three goals apiece for the Hawks.
Brodie Oakford, with three, Ty Priest, Justin Palmer and Justin Ralph, with two each, were the Storm’s multiple goalkickers.
The Storm has tumbled to second-last on the ladder. But they have four wins, like the Hawks, and are only two games outside the top four.
Wyndhamvale trailed at every change before coming home with a wet sail to beat North Footscray by seven points at Wyndhamvale South Oval.
With favourable results from other grounds, the Falcons are now two games clear on top of the ladder and firming for a double chance in the finals.
In division 1, Jackson Viola booted six goals in Hoppers Crossing’s 95-point rout of Port Melbourne Colts at Murphy Reserve.
Six goals to one in the opening term set up the Warriors’ win on a day when Matthew Smith, Wayde Skipper and David Brierty dominated.
The Warriors moved up to second, courtesy of Werribee Districts having the bye.
In division 3, second-placed Wyndham Suns went down to bottom side North Sunshine in one of the shocks of the season.
The Suns got off to a dismal start but fought hard to get back into the contest in the second half. Their comeback attempt ultimately fell short by four points, 13.16 (94) – 13.12 (90).
Sanctuary Lakes lost a low-scoring affair to Parkside by two points, while Tarneit kicked only two goals as it was outclassed by Albanvale by 137 points.