CAMPERDOWN gritted out a backs-to-the-wall victory, to overrun Terang Mortlake by seven points on the weekend.
The Magpies started slowly to trail by 13 points at the first break, with both teams even in the second quarter, with a deficit of two goals facing the visitors heading into halftime.
The third quarter was a tale of two halves as Terang Mortlake booted four of the first five goals to all but put the game to rest.
But a couple of last goals in the third term swung the momentum to the Magpies heading into the last quarter, just 16 points down.
Camperdown owned the last quarter with a four goals to one final term to secure the 12/14 (86) to 12.7 (79) win.
Sam Cardinal booted three goals, while Luke Clarke, coach Phil Carse and Jesse Gallichan were named among the Pies’ best.
Carse said the Pies were outplayed for most of the match but finished strongly.
“They really did control the match four two and a half quarters,” he
“We were five goals down halfway through the third quarter and we certainly weren’t playing our best footy.
“We were on the back foot and credit to Terang Mortlake who stifled our way of playing.
“But to the boys’ credit, with our backs to the wall, they produced some really good footy and controlled the match for the last 50 minutes and we scraped out a win.”
Carse praised a couple of players who dug deep throughout the match.
“Luke Clarke was really good for us for the whole game,” he said.
“He played off the half back flank and was one of the few four quarter performances.
“Sam Cardinal was impressive in the last quarter, when we needed someone to stand up.
“He booted a couple of goals and really stood up for us.”
With South Warrnambool losing to Portland, Camperdown leapfrogged the Roosters into fourth, just one win behind third placed Warrnambool.
After the bye Camperdown takes on rival Cobden at home before taking on the Blues the following week.
In the reserves, Camperdown achieved what no other team had managed to do in 2016 and defeated Terang Mortlake.
The Magpies trailed by eight points at quarter time, before booting seven goals to four in the second term to take an 11-point lead into the main break.
Camperdown held Terang Mortlake scoreless in the third term, while adding 2.1 to stretch the lead to four goals by the final break.
The Bloods have always found a way to win this season, but on this occasion, Camperdown stuck to its task and booted three goals to two to run out 14.9 (93) to 9.9 (63) winners.
Jarrod Evans was named best on ground with Brett Ryan and Chester Gardner also among the best.
Camperdown now sits two wins clear in third, but are eight points adrift of North Warrnambool and Terang Mortlake.
Despite an early challenge from Terang Mortlake, Camperdown lived up to its pre-game favouritism and disposed of the winless Bloods in the under 18.5s match.
The third placed Magpies found themselves trailing at quarter time by a goal, but after a short break, produced a stunning five goals to zero term to lead by 22 points at half time.
By the final break, they had stretched the margin to 35 and eventually ran out 11.8 (74) to 4.5
Despite the slow start, the Magpies had restricted the Bloods to 1.4 after quarter time.
Jordan Riches and Tom Place both booted three goals, while Charlie Brett, Josh Bone and Darcy Thornburn were named among the Magpies’ best.
The win put Camperdown eight points clear in second on the Hampden league ladder.
Camperdown’s under 16s enjoyed its second victory of the year, having now knocked off the winless Bloods twice.
While the Magpies have been overwhelmed plenty of times this season, it was Camperdown that looked ominous from the start, booting 6.9 to 1.2 in the opening half to lead by 37 points at halftime.
After the main break, the Magpies booted seven goals to one to run away with a comfortable 13-goal victory.
Toby Mahony booted six goals to be named among the best with Luke Ball and Toby Kent.
In the under 14s, Camperdown enjoyed a comfortable 8.5 (53) to 4.5 (29) win over Terang Mortlake.
The Magpies led from start to finish and kept the Bloods to two goals in the first three quarters.
Hamish Sinnott booted three goals for the Magpies, while Archie Pollard, Bailey McDonald and Archie McBean were named in the best.