CULCAIRN has stunned finals contender Brock-Burrum with a 10 goal victory at Culcairn on Saturday.
The Saints were expected to notch their second win of the season after accounting for league powerhouse Jindera the previous week.
But it was the Lions who gained the early ascendancy and were never seriously challenged as they ran out convincing winners 38 to 28.
Culcairn assistant coach Jodie Ross said it was satisfying to prove the critics wrong.
"Everyone was expecting us to lose today," Ross said.
"But it's rewarding to shake the underdog tag and spring a bit of an upset.
"We played a lot better than the previous week and I think we can surprise a few other sides as the season progresses."
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The Lions have a few new faces this season with Jessica McAliece returning to the club after previously playing in the junior grades.
Shelbie Sands and Narae Anstee have also slotted into the side.
Ross said it was pleasing how the Lions' responded when challenged.
"We really held our nerve under pressure today," she said.
"Especially compared to last week where we turned the ball over a lot and paid the price when we ended up having a draw with Osborne.
"We didn't get rattled.
"Everyone played well and it was one of those matches where it was hard to name a standout player.
"Georgia Pitson was rock solid in defence and Shelbie Sands was excellent in the middle of the court.
"We will enjoy the win."
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