Lavington has pipped an improved Yarrawonga.
The Panthers trailed at the first two breaks, but edged home 11.14 (80) to 11.5 (71).
Yarrawonga's pressure forced a number of errors from the home side as the visitors carried a two-goal lead to quarter-time.
Lavington cut that to four points at half-time, but then kicked five straight behinds in the final 10 minutes of the third term.
Jack Kirley, Adam Flagg and Luke Garland booted two goals apiece, while the Pigeons' under 18 player Jack Brooks landed three.
In his return, Panther Adam Butler was terrific, along with Flagg, while Pigeons Tim McAuley and Matt Gorman were excellent.
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