BFNL trio Adam Baird, Nathan Horbury and Pat McKenna helped Victoria Country to a gutsy 17-point win over the VAFA in Saturday's Brian Molony Cup clash in Melbourne.
In wet and windy conditions at IKON Park, Victoria Country led by 11 points at half-time.
However, the VAFA produced a five-goal to two third term to grab a seven-point lead at the final change.
Vic Country produced a stirring fightback in the last quarter, kicking 5.5 to 1.5 to win 11.15 (81) to 9.10 (64).
Golden Square's Baird was captain of the Victoria Country team and he accepted the Brian Molony Cup.
Ruckman Sam Michael was best for Victoria Country.
Victoria Country 0.3, 4.8, 6.10, 11.15 (81)
VAFA 0.3, 3.3, 8.5, 9.10 (64)
GOALS - Victoria Country: James Hayes 2, Curtis McCarthy 2, Kayne Pettifer 2, Jason Cole 1, Sam Dobson 1, Andrew Boseley 1, Mark Whiley 1, Sam Michael 1.
BEST - Victoria Country: Sam Michael, Jason Cole, Lachlan Smith, James Hayes, Kayne Pettifer, Nathan Cooper.
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