JINDERA locked away the double chance when it overpowered an inaccurate Brocklesby-Burrumbuttock by 19 points at Brocklesby on Saturday.
Trailing by two points at the last change, the Bulldogs showed why they loom as a serious threat on the big Walbundrie ground by kicking 5.3 to 1.6 to run away with the match.
Coach Kerry Bahr said it was an important win with little separating the top teams in the competition.
“With a young group, top two is pretty important,” Bahr said.
“Mentally it’s good because we have been in the top-two all season and it would have been disappointing to lose that position just before the finals.
“It was pleasing to finish the game the way we did.”
Brocklesby-Burrumbuttock, who went into the clash without experienced duo Kade Stevens and Luke Brauer, should have led by more than 14 points at half-time.
The Saints peppered the goals with much of Ron Boulton, Darcy I’Anson, Jarrod Hillary, Nico Sedgwick and Liam Johnson’s good work going unrewarded.
Justin Koschitzke was held to one goal by Jacob Millar.
“If they had kicked straight in the first half of the game it could have been over,” he said.
“We stuck with them though and our run was really good in the last quarter.”
Jindera were best served by Sam Myors, Tom Weldon, Millar, Ryan Speed and Danny Middleton.
Middleton and Dylan Pettingill provided targets in attack kicking seven goals between them.
Osborne’s Jamie Parr kicked a goal on the siren to hand the Cats a two-point victory over Henty at Henty.
Parr’s set shot following a pack mark from 40 metres sailed through to hand the minor premier its 17th win on the trot.
“Henty played well in the second-half and it was good to kick the last two goals to win the game through Jamie Parr and Sam Rutland,” coach Matt Rava said.
“We were lucky to get away with it.
“It was a game of two halves really and thankfully we kicked straight.”
Parr was again outstanding with his class enabling Osborne to cover the absence of Trent Haddrill, Andrew Johnston, Matt Clarke and Simon Lane.
The Cats finished with one fit player on the bench.
Heath Ohlin and Shannon Terlich starred for Henty.
Billabong Crows won their first of the season with a thrilling six-point win over Holbrook.
After several narrow losses, the Crows won on the back of good performances from Michael O'Riordan, Riley Kerr and Matt Anderson.
Culcairn beat Lockhart.