LOCKHART is on the verge of securing a fairytale finals berth after clinching its fifth successive victory against Howlong at Howlong on Saturday.
After winning only three of their opening nine matches, the Demons have charged up the table to be sitting in fifth spot with four rounds remaining.
They have beaten Howlong, Murray Magpies, Rand-Walbundrie-Walla, Culcairn and Jindera over the past five weeks.
Co-captain Bec Mathews said it had been a dramatic turnaround.
“We had a real shocker at the start of the season but thankfully we are coming good at the right stage of the season,” Mathews said.
“I think we have just come together as a team.
“Our training has been great and I think that’s been a big part of it.
“We need to keep winning though as the top six will probably only be decided in the final round.”
Lockhart youngsters Holly Murphy and Ruby Bouffler have been big improvers for the Demons as the season has progressed.
They will start favourites against CDHBU on Saturday.
Billabong Crows have broken clear of the pack with 52 points with Murray Magpies, Jindera, Rand-Walbundrie-Walla, Lockhart, Howlong, Brock-Burrum, Culcairn and Holbrook jostling for the remaining five positions.
The Magpies and Holbrook played a 46-all draw on Saturday while the Giants beat Brock-Burrum 39-37.
It was a crucial victory for the Giants after they recently lost four points due to a scorebook error.
Culcairn scored one of its best wins of the season by defeating Osborne 43-35, Jindera brought down Henty 38-14 and the Crows beat CDHBU 59-22.