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By NICK GALEA - Under-19
AS finals footy fast approaches, the time to snatch a top five spot is running out.
The Werribee Districts have jumped to second on the Under-19 WRFL ladder after defeating the Altona Vikings 10.10. (70) to 9.10. (64), in what was another contender for game of the year.
Werribee started better with Altona not looking like their usual selves, but they eventually settled as both sides played out an enthralling opening quarter despite only having one goal to either side.
The second quarter continued in the same highly contested manner and was only separated by Werribee's Lachlan Rzanovski who was the standout player of the term with his three huge contested marks and three goals allowing Werribee a mini buffer of 10-points going into the main break.
Altona controlled most of the third quarter, but were only able to kick two goals with another three shots hitting the post.
Werribee on the other hand made the most of their limited forward forays booting three straight majors to take an 11-point lead going into the final term.
The game opened up in the last quarter as both sides took the game on to set up a grand stand finish.
Altona looked to have broken Werribee when Jack Robinson put them seven-points ahead, but they dug deep to square it up at 64 apiece.
Werribee's Rhys Dodemaide clutch set shot put them a goal up with a frenetic five minutes left.
Lachlan Rainbow took the match winning mark on the defensive 50 in the last few seconds to prevent Altona's last hurrah and spark the celebrations.
Werribee's best were Jy Lambley and Lachlan Rainbow who were outstanding whilst Lachlan Rzanovski kicked four goals.
For the Vikings, Oliver Lanning and Ethan Taylor put in exceptional performances and Jack Papachatzakis slotted three goals.
The other weekly results saw Hoppers Crossing defeat Caroline Springs, 9.9. (63) to 4.10. (34) and move to fourth place.
St Albans accounted for Albanvale 23.19. (157) to 5.3. (33) and
Spotswood defeated Albion by 71-points keeping them to just two goals for the match.
Yarraville notched up win number 11 with a 161-point win over Wyndhamvale and the Wyndham Suns were given the court points after Newport pulled out of the competition.
Round 13 will see a top of the table clash between Werribee Districts and Yarraville Seddon Eagles, with Albion hosting Altona.
Spotswood and Caroline Springs look to keep their seasons alive at Mclean Reserve. Hoppers Crossing will verse the Wyndham Suns and Wyndhamvale will travel to face Albanvale.