CHARLTON rallied from deficits at each of the first three breaks to over-run Birchip-Watchem in their North Central Football League match on Saturday.
Playing a side they had lost to by 80 points in round two, the Bulls served it right up to Charlton, but couldn't hold off the Navy Blues, who fought on to win 10.6 (66) to 9.4 (58).
The Bulls had led by 18 points at quarter-time, 14 at half-time and seven at three quarter-time, but the Navy Blues finished full of running, kicking 3.4 to 1.1 in the final term to secure the tough win.
Luke Mulquiny, Rhys Thompson and Matthew Willox played well for the Navy Blues, who had Joseph McGrath kick three goals.
The game was another thriller for the Bulls, with the eight-point loss coming after they had beaten St Arnaud by six points and Wycheproof-Narraport by two points in their previous two matches.
Daniel Ratcliffe was the Bulls' best player as his outstanding season continued. Ruckman Zac Holmes and Jacob Christie were others to impress. Daniel Castellano was the Bulls' only multiple goalkicker with three.
• St Arnaud also overcame deficits at the first three breaks to outlast Wycheproof-Narraport in what was a game of deja vu.
The Demons led by three points at quarter-time, 12 at half-time and six at three quarter-time.
But they were unable to match St Arnaud in the final term, with the Saints booting 4.5 to 1.0 to record a 13.9 (87) to 10.10 (70) victory.
James Wray, Dan McGrath and Ricky Wild led the way for the Saints, while Nicholas Coghlan was strong inside 50 with six goals.
James Coatsworth played a lone hand up forward for the Demons, kicking seven of their 10 goals in a brilliant performance.
Kristian McNicol and Declan Lourey were also good players for the Demons, who had also led at the first three breaks against St Arnaud in round three before losing that game as well.
• Donald produced its most competitive performance of the season in a 31-point defeat to Boort.
The Magpies bounced back from two losses in a row to win 15.14 (104) to 11.7 (73).
Andrew White (five goals) starred for Boort to be the Magpies' best player, while Charles McAdam and Jesse Smith were also pivotal.
Donald is still to win a game, but Saturday's loss was its first by less than 10 goals.
The classy Seamus Young (five) and Adam Hall (four) kicked nine of Donald's 11 goals between them.
Brody Haddow and Luke Carr were others to play well for Donald.