SALE CITY marked a significant milestone in club history following a win over Woodside in North Gippsland football on Saturday.
While the Bulldogs were celebrating 50 years, their seniors defeated the Wildcats by just one point.
The Wildcats did their best to spoil the party, but in the end Sale City was able to hang on for dear life to win 5.16 (46) to 6.9 (45).
While the Bulldogs almost kicked themselves out of the game, the result gave Woodside its first loss for the season.
A low-scoring slog ensued for most of the match, with Sale City making the early running to lead by 13 points at the main break.
The Bulldogs could only manage a single behind in the third quarter, and went into the final change two points behind.
Sale City peppered the goals in the fourth term, but could only manage one goal from seven scoring shots.
A sense of déjà vu must have filtered through the Bulldogs' camp, as their 7.16 (58) score line against Rosedale a fortnight earlier read eerily similar to their final score in this match.
On this day however, five goals and 16 behinds proved to be enough, and gave the parochial Stephenson Park 'Deck Heads' a result they are unlikely to forget.
In the eyes of many Sale City supporters, there was surely no better way to celebrate turning 50 than with a one-point win.
Michael Todd, Abe Schuback and Mitchell Evans stood out for the victors. Rowan Missen, Ben Mattern and Brett Waddell were best for Woodside.
HEYFIELD maintained top spot on the ladder with an easy win over Gormandale.
The Kangaroos kicked away to an early lead at Tigerland to win 30.16 (196) to 6.7 (43).
Liam Heasley sent through 11 majors, backing up his seven-goal effort last week. Still only a teenager, Heasley has taken to senior football with aplomb.
Nick Dowse and Brayden Woodland were also prominent.
Gormandale didn't have a lot of winners on the day, but Jai Foulkes, Jack Burgess and cult hero John Chessells competed strongly.
FOR the second time in three weeks, two teams found themselves deadlocked when the final siren sounded, with Traralgon-Tyers United and Yarram unable to be separated.
Yarram had more scoring shots, but the Bombers kicked more goals in the 10.10 (70) to 11.4 (70) tie.
TTU players must have all walked under numerous ladders recently, as their last three games have ended in a draw, a six-point loss and a 10-point loss.
A high-scoring opening term at Tyers saw 10 goals kicked, with the home side taking the advantage at the first change of ends.
The Demons got on a run in the second, sending through five majors, but the Bombers held sway with three of their own.
Defences ran tight after the main break, with no score added by either team in the third quarter. TTU and Yarram fought to get over the line during the fourth quarter, but in the end there could be no winner, as the siren sounded and the teams shared the points.
Jayden Shea kicked three goals for the Demons, and was joined by Jack Weston and Griffin Underwood in the best players. Best for the
Bombers were Mitch Mustoe, Jack Brown and Jayden Cutts, who took no shortcuts in a four-quarter effort.
YALLOURN-Yallourn North broke away from Glengarry after half-time to win 21.14 (140) to 5.6 (36) at the Magpies' nest.
A competitive first half saw the Magpies go into the main break only 20 points down, but it was a different story from there on, as YYN slammed on 13 goals to none.
The Bombers came out and creamed their opponents in the third term. Glengarry did not score in the third quarter, and only added one miserly behind for the entire second half as the margin blew out close to three figures.
Dean MacDonald kicked another bag of goals, this time adding seven to his name, taking his total to 20 in just three games. Others to hit the scoreboard were Mitchell Luck (four) and Mannon Johnston (four), as well as Keenan Hughes who kicked three on return.
The quartet of forwards received good delivery from Jai Massese, who was given silver platter service from ruckman Campbell Staff, while the two Dylans, Bath and Bentley, also played well.
Jordan Symons, Dean Brooks and Michael Ryan put in honest efforts for Glengarry, with Andrew May kicking two goals.
CHURCHILL gave Cowwarr a 22.17 (149) to 8.3 (51) shellacking on its home deck.
Churchill piled on eight goals to one after half-time to take their lead further.
Eleven players hit the scoreboard for the Cougars, with Ben Kearns leading the way with five. Jake Roe-Duggan, Angus Mitchell and Michael Diaz were best in the win.
Ethan Kincaid-Shingles, Ben Coffey and Linden Brunt battled for the Saints, with Brunt and Ben Plozza kicking three goals.
ROSEDALE had the bye.