Henty looks to have stolen the last spot in finals after an extraordinary afternoon in the Hume league.
The Swampies had to win their game at home to Billabong Crows and hope Lockhart, who started the day in sixth, slipped up against Howlong at Urana.
They did their bit, edging out the Crows by 14 points, but were then left with a nervous wait having finished early before NSW went into lockdown at 5pm.
Finally, confirmation arrived that Lockhart had lost.
"We shortened our quarters to 15 minutes," Swampies coach Heath Ohlin explained.
"We came off and our game was done but Lockhart were just going into the last quarter.
"We didn't know whether our season was finished or what the story was.
"To be honest, it was very strange. You go through the two emotions.
"OK, we've finished the season knowing we probably weren't going to play the last round against Holbrook so everyone's getting around each other, thanking each other for a hard-fought year and going through those challenges together.
"Then it's the emotion of 'oh, hang on, it looks like we might be in the six and we may have to front up for finals.'
"The next part is 'what's going to happen with finals with the lockdown, what logistical things are going to happen there?'
"You're going through those three things for the hour after the game.
"At that point, when we were in the sheds, we didn't know so I was very thankful for the was the boys fought out the year and continued to front up for the challenges we've had in the last month with not having our Victorians at different times.
"From a group perspective, we feel like we deserve to be in the finals.
"With our full list, we feel we're a good enough side to compete in finals.
"We feel satisfied but on the other side, are finals going to go ahead and when is that going to happen?
"Are we going to have one week off, two, three, a month?
"How do we stay motivated and how do we train and keep everyone sharp if we do end up having to front up for finals in three or four weeks' time?"
Shannon Terlich and Tyson Muller kicked four goals apiece as Henty prevailed by 12.4 (76) to 10.2 (62) against a Crows outfit which refused to lie down.
"We felt like we were in control of general play but we just couldn't stop them scoring," Ohlin said.
"It seemed that every time they went inside their forward 50 they would kick a goal and it basically turned into a shootout.
"We came in at quarter time thinking we were right on top but from that point on, it was goal for goal.
"Every time we kicked a goal, they went forward and kicked another one.
"Credit to Billabong, they certainly played some good footy in patches and made the most of their opportunities.
"It was our last home game of the year and we had great weather so we said to the boys 'go out and enjoy playing together.'
"It's been a difficult year, not having a full list all the time, so we had our Victorians back and it was about enjoying the day.
"We said we didn't know if it would get taken away from us and by quarter-time the news had filtered through that lockdown was coming so it was nice to play four quarters of footy together and get four points."
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