Werribee Districts emerged victorious by five points in a WRFL division 1 nail-biter against Sunshine Kangaroos at Soldiers Reserve on Saturday.
The Tigers had to hold on late for the four premiership points that keep their slim top-two hopes alive.
Key position players Joey Halloran, Nathan Black and Brent Morrow were outstanding, Black topping off a great performance with five goals.
At the other end, small forward Daniel Castellano kept the Roos in the game right up until the final siren, with six goals.
The Tigers maintain their game and percentage break over fourth-placed Altona ahead of a tricky away battle against Albion.
Hoppers Crossing brought home the big boy stuff with a 51-point thrashing of Spotswood at Hogans Road Reserve.
Still stinging from the previous round loss to Deer Park, the Warriors fired from the outset, leading by 22 points at quarter-time and didn’t look back.
Wayde Skipper booted four goals in a best-on-ground display.
The Warriors visit Altona for a blockbuster battle between second and fourth at JK Grant Reserve on Saturday.
Wyndhamvale had the bye, and will be fresh for a huge clash against St Albans, which could have relegation implications.
In division 2, Glen Orden had a day out, thrashing West Footscray by 162 points.
The Hawks are going to be hard to dislodge from the top four, with a game and percentage lead over fifth-placed Albanvale.
Dane Thomas (seven goals) and Josh Macdonald (six) ran riot for the Hawks.
Glen Orden will face local rivals Manor Lakes at Howqua Reserve next Saturday.
The Storm will be friendless with the tipsters after losing by 184 points to North Footscray last weekend.
In division 3, Wyndham Suns remain in the finals calculations after a 62-point win over North Sunshine.