A BAG of six goals to superstar forward Kael Bergles has helped Stony Creek hold off a fast-finishing Foster and secure a two-point victory at home.
The Tigers had been in terrific form over the past month and were always going to pose a big threat to a quality side like the Lions.
Bergles struck early along with Lachlan Thomas for the Lions and the momentum was all theirs.
But the Tigers cracked in and through the work of Troy Van Dyke and Josh Toner, through the midfield, were able to add two goals of their own and take a one-point lead at quarter time.
Controlling the play for the majority of the second quarter, the Tigers just couldn’t quite convert on the scoreboard only managing the one goal.
Despite the forwards missing their chances, the Tigers back six held up their end and didn’t give Bergles any room to move.
The half time siren sounded and the Tigers led by 8-points as the rain started to dry up.
Sensing his side needed something big, Bergles stepped it up a gear, using his pace to burn his opponents on the lead and most importantly converting his opportunities.
With the help of Hayden Eggerton and Darcy Atkins in the midfield, Bergles was able to help the Lions claw back to a four-point lead at three quarter time.
Credit must also go to the Lions’ defence who kept key Foster forward Tom McGowan to just one goal for the game, the dangerous forward has been the barometer for the Tigers in recent weeks and was completely nullified in Saturday’s clash.
The final term began with Bergles fifth and the home crowd were on their feet.
Just as it looked like the Lions could run away with the game, Troy Van Dyke kicked a crucial goal to narrow the margin back to four points.
But as time ticked down and the early inaccuracies in front of goal become apparent, the Tigers were up against it and with Bergles kicking his sixth and the Lions were home.
Stony Creek will now take on the struggling Demons at Meeniyan, while Foster will travel to Toora to take on the Magpies.