Echuca lifted when its season was on the line on Saturday.
The Murray Bombers had no option other than to win against Mooroopna to keep its finals hopes alive and it produced enough determination in the final quarter to take the lead when it mattered.
Echuca led the Cats briefly during the first term, before trailing by three goals at the first break in the only period of the match it would lead before the final quarter.
The score at the quarter-time was just 9-6 in favour of Mooroopna in a game for defenders as Echuca coach Casey Frame said her defenders were creating plenty of chances.
‘‘We got off to a great start and then Mooroopna just pegged us back,’’ she said
‘‘We were winning heaps of the ball defensively and doing a really good job, we were just struggling to capitalise.’’
At half-time just a goal was in the match as the Cats maintained a slim lead, but Frame went on the front foot to try and smooth out the issues in her attacking end.
Switching wing attack Abby Poulton into goal attack and Lisa Drysdale to shooter, Frame kept the duo together for the rest of the game.
Frame was impressed with Poulton’s performance across the game as she fitted seamlessly into the circle.
‘‘Abby played well both in wing attack and then to be swung into goals and really stand up, she shot a few long bombs to give the side momentum,’’ Frame said.
In the final term, Echuca surged from the opening whistle to move four goals ahead, but a persistent Mooroopna outfit brought the margin back.
But although the Cats created a couple of opportunities to level the game, they were unable to secure at least two points in a crucial match.
The win brought Echuca onto equal points with Mooroopna as both sides are the only teams outside of the six still in the mix to play finals.
As both teams will experience a similarly difficult run home, the Cats need to keep their superior percentage up to help stave off a resolute Echuca side.