Mathoura playing co-coach Jack Keogh believes his side could make the top eight after Saturday’s 30-point win over Yarroweyah in the Picola & District League.
The Timbercutters came to play in one of their bigger fixtures of the season and put themselves in pole position, 17 points in front at the half.
But the Hoppers — also up for the occasion — closed within eight points at three-quarter time to set up a grandstand finish.
Mathoura, sensing their moment, booted 4.5 for the final quarter to run away with a 30 point win.
The Timbercutters climbed from last place to 10th on the ladder with the win and are just one game out of the finals mix, despite a season of smashing losses.
Mathoura got a combined seven goals from Josh Flynn (four) and Dylan Russell (three) to lead the way up forward with Braydon Wheeler and Clay Poidevin impressing.
Tyler Beasy was again among the best with Sam McHale and Andrew Evans playing crucial roles in the win.
Keegan Oliver was a clear standout for Yarroweyah, best on ground with four goals.
Final score, Mathoura 14.13 (97) to Yarroweyah 10.7 (67).
Keogh said it was ‘‘brilliant’’ to get back on the winners’ list.
‘‘We’ve been working towards it since the start of the season so to achieve what we set out to do is fantastic,’’ Keogh said.
‘‘It’s good to know it’s starting to show how hard we work, and it also shows the league and our own supporters. It’s really good to win in front of our own supporters.
‘‘Many of those supporters have been there for years and hate to see us lose, so in that respect it’s good to repay their faith.’’
Youngsters Scott Eade and Josh Cumberland again got the nod for the Timbercutters after impressing in the reserves for a number of weeks.
Mathoura skipper Jack Hughes has a slight hamstring strain and will be tested in the week, but will ‘‘probably be rested’’ against Katunga on Saturday.
‘‘We’d love to go back to back; we spoke a while ago and said the games from Waaia to Deni we have a chance to get three out of five wins.
‘‘Two is a pass mark and three would be above average for us. This really puts some belief in the players’ minds that the hard work is paying off.
‘‘The first seven weeks have been hard and it’s good to get reward for effort,’’ Keogh said.
Mathoura tasted their first victory in the reserves, finishing 48 points the better of Yarroweyah.
After a tight first half, the Timbercutters booted five goals to one in the second half to run away with the result.
Final score, Mathoura 9.11 (65) to Yarroweyah 2.5 (17).
Ash Vesty (two goals) was declared Mathoura’s best while Blake Keech was also dangerous up forward with three goals.
Mathoura’s best was closed out with Bailey Maconachie, Nathan O’Callaghan, Tim Sparey and Kaileb Wilson.