Harvey Brunswick Leschenault hung on to record a thrilling 11.9 (75) to 10.14 (74) victory over the Eaton Boomers at Glen Huon Reserve yesterday, in arguably the game of the season.
It appeared that the home side would burst the Lions’ unbeaten streak, leading by 37 points midway during the second term and holding them to three goals in the first half.
Enter Lions playmaker Jesse Crichton.
The star midfielder ran down a defender, and goaled from the resulting free kick early in the third quarter.
The Lions proceeded to go on one of their trademark bursts, booting five unanswered goals, which reduced the margin back to eight points in the shadows of three quarter time.
Both sides had their opportunities to win in the final three minutes of the match as they threw everything at each other, however the visitors managed to hold their nerve when it mattered most.
In other matches yesterday, Donnybrook held off a fast-finishing South Bunbury 9.9 (63) to 8.10 (58) to claim the Dr Manea Memorial Cup in the Chris Sheehan memorial game at VC Mitchell Park, while Bunbury took care of Busselton 14.8 (92) to 8.8 (56) at Sir Stewart Bovell Park.