FISH Creek has moved to the top of the Alberton ladder thanks to a 15-point win over Inverloch-Kongwak on Saturday.
The Kangaroos capped off a brilliant dozen-win stretch with a hard fought victory over the then top-placed Sea Eagles.
It moves Fish Creek a game clear on top, and with only one game left in the season, should guarantee them a top-two finish and a week off come finals time.
The win was not without its challenges however, with a tough and committed visiting side to get over first.
Inverloch-Kongwak jumped out to an early lead thanks to some slick work through the middle, however Fish Creek was able to peg a couple back in quick succession.
Fish Creek could have streaked out to a huge lead if not for some wasteful kicking.
The last 10 minutes of the first quarter was all one way, but the Kangaroos ended the term with seven behinds.
A few scuffles broke out in what everyone knew would be a hard fought contest, but luckily most of the aggression was focused on the football.
The second quarter was a tight one as well, with plenty of players following the ball around ready to spread when the opportunity arose.
Fortunately for the home side, the ball bounced their way a few times early and they kicked truly to find themselves some breathing space.
But, as they will become accustomed to in the finals series, good sides come again and the Sea Eagles certainly did that.
They snared a couple back and reduced the margin to nine points heading into the major break.
The visitors lost their skipper Dale Lawton to what looked like an ankle injury and it certainly affected his side’s defensive structure.
Neither side missed a beat after half time, hitting the ball hard and creating run through the midfield with three goals apiece and an even share of the football.
Justin Smith was creating havoc up forward for Fish Creek, booting four goals all up and having a massive third term.
Inverloch-Kongwak shared their goals around, but none more impressive than Craig O’Reilly’s finish from the boundary line in the second.
The last change could not come quickly enough for some tired players who looked to regain their focus and take on one last challenge.
The pressure from both sides approached hostile as the players had no time to compose themselves for long.
Fish Creek bagged the first two goals but they were answered in due course by a fantastic Todd Lomax finish to bring the score back to less than a kick.
But when Smith kicked his fourth the game was all but over and Fish Creek ran out winners.
Next week Fish Creek will take on Stony Creek while Inverloch-Kongwak will have to fight it out against a rampaging Foster.
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