Birregurra young gun Darcy Collins became the hero after his late goal sealed a memorable win and knocked South Colac off the top of the ladder.
The small forward weaved through a pack and sent through his third goal with a minute and a half remaining to give the Saints back the lead, holding on for a 9.13 (67) to 9.10 (64) win.
But the news wasn’t all good for Birregurra, losing star onballer Justin Bennett to a hamstring injury early in the first term.
“Justin’s done a hammy so he’ll miss the next two weeks at least,” Birregurra coach Ricky O’Toole said.
“But the guys really stepped up, we were already without Paul Ridout, Steve Salajan, Tom Cotton and Tom Stephenson, and then to lose Justin as well we were up against it,” he said.
“But I thought we controlled the game really well; we defended well, we were good around stoppages.”
O’Toole praised ruckman Matt McCormack, providing first use to onballers Andrew Kelly, James Rowan and Mick Davis, while Sam Green would have taken “at least a dozen marks, and eight or nine contested”.
The Saints dominated the first half but kept South Colac in the contest with wayward goalkicking, 5.10 to 3.3.
South Colac cut the margin to two in the third quarter thanks to the tireless work of Justin Mooney and Tom McKean, and managed to take the lead in the last.
The Roos led by nine points before new Saint Paddy Ryan goaled, and then Jack Moorfoot kicked a goal to put the Saints back in front before the central umpire overruled the goal umpire’s decision.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.