Catherine McAuley College rallied from a three quarter-time deficit to defeat arch-rival Bendigo Senior Secondary College in Wednesday's Premier League football clash at the QEO.
BSSC had the last laugh in 2018 when it edged out CMC by three points in the SSV Premier League final, but this time around it was CMC celebrating a 9.8 (62) to 7.5 (47) victory.
"These game are always close, no matter who's playing for each school,'' CMC coach Lee Coghlan said.
"It was a tough game of footy. I was really impressed with BSSC, I thought they were really well coached today.
"They didn't let us get any momentum. There was no time in the game where I thought either team got the ascendancy."
BSSC looked capable of causing an upset when it kicked the final two goals of the third quarter and grabbed a three-point lead at the last break.
However, CMC turned the game with a three-goal burst in the opening four minutes of the final quarter.
From the opening bounce of the last term, CMC cleared the ball from the centre where small forward Mitch Rovers, who kicked CMC's first three goals of the game in an electric opening quarter, swooped on a loose ball and slotted his fourth goal.
The goal took 20 seconds and just one minute later CMC added another.
Will Wallce was awarded back-to-back 50m penalties from the middle of the ground after BSSC's Lucas Caccaviello ran over the mark and Jack Ginnivan disputed the umpire's decision.
Wallace slammed home his second goal of the game from the goalsquare and then three minutes later impressive big man Aaron Gundry snapped his second goal of the day to extend the margin to a game-high 15 points.
Like it had in the first three quarters, BSSC fought hard and continued to put pressure on the CMC backline.
BSSC had plenty of the ball in the final quarter, but couldn't convert on the scoreboard and failed to kick a goal in the last 20 minutes.
Caccaviello was one of BSSC's best players with three goals, while Zac Sims kicked two and Riley Bouwmeester and Trent Leach-Pateman added one goal each.
Brodie James, Kai Daniels, Braydon Vaz and Zavier Murley also played well for BSSC.
Rovers kicked four of CMC's nine goals, Gundry and Wallace added two each and Lachlan Baker kicked one.
Year 11 students Sam Conforti and Cooper Smith were two of CMC's best alongside Rovers, Wallace and Gundry.
The defeat doesn't end BSSC's campaign.
After winning their round one clash against Warrnambool College by forfeit, BSSC needs to defeat Emmanuel College in its round three clash in the first week of June to advance to the semi-finals.
CMC has a 2-0 record from two matches and a win over Warrnambool in round three will secure top spot in pool B.
The top two teams in pool B play the top two teams in pool A in the semi-finals in mid-June, with the winners to advance to the grand final on June 26.
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