The battle for the BJFL youth girls’ under-18 premiership took a turn on Sunday after Kangaroo Flat suffered its first loss of the season.
The previously undefeated Roos went down to Woorinen by two points in a thriller at Dower Park.
In a low-scoring slog, the Roos looked home when they led by two goals at the final change.
However, the Tigers dug deep and added 3.2 to 1.0 in the final term to edge out the Roos 4.3 (27) to 4.1 (25).
The victory lifted the Tigers to top spot with one round remaining.
Kyneton consolidated third spot after scoring an impressive 32-point win over fifth-placed Castlemaine at Kyneton.
After a tight first half, the young Tigers surged clear to win 7.12 (54) to 3.4 (22).
Strathfieldsaye and Golden Square defended strongly in their round 15 wins.
The Storm outclassed Eaglehawk 11.12 (78) to 1.0 (6), while Golden Square defeated South Bendigo 3.2 (20) to 0.5 (5).
The under-16 youth girls games were lopsided.
Sandhurst scored a 13-goal win over Golden Square, Strathfieldsaye defeated Eaglehawk by 58 points and Kyneton thrashed Kangaroo Flat by 106 points.
In the under-16 seniors division, Sandhurst suffered its third-straight defeat.
The Dragons led Sandhurst Marist Dockers by five points at three quarter-time, but the Dockers had the better of the final term.
The Dockers kicked 1.7 to 0.3 to win 6.9 (45) to 5.10 (40).
Top team Strathfieldsaye handed Golden Square an eight-goal drubbing.
The Storm kept the Dogs goalless in the first half before cruising to an 11.12 (78) to 4.6 (30) win.
In the final game of the round, Kangaroo Flat scored a 100-point win over South Bendigo.
In the under-14 seniors, Golden Square scored an upset win over Sandhurst.
The third-placed Dogs defeated the second-placed Dragons 10.15 (75) to 5.5 (35).
In the other game, Strathfieldsaye was too good for Eaglehawk 13.6 (84) to 4.1 (25).
Two under-12A games were decided by less than one goal.
Kyneton rallied from a half-time deficit to defeat St Francis 7.3 (45) to 6.4 (40).
Quarry Hill also had to come from behind to edge out Maiden Gully YCW by one point, 7.6 (48) to 6.11 (47).
St Therese’s jumped St Francis into second spot after they scored an 11-point win over Castlemaine.
Top-of-the-table Strathfieldsaye kept Eaglehawk goalless in its 38-point win at Canterbury Park.
This weekend marks the final round of Bendigo junior football, with the finals series to start on August 26-27.