WOOMELANG-Lascelles continued its resurgence with a hard-fought 15-point win over reigning premier Walpeup-Underbool in the Mallee Football League's first semi-final of the year.
After languishing near the bottom of the ladder for years, the Cats have finally made it back into the top four and played a good brand of finals football to indicate they might not be done with yet.
A big crowd gathered at Beulah to see the Cats win a high-scoring shootout with a match-winning six-goal-to-four final quarter.
There were only two points in it at three-quarter time and the Roos fought the game out to the final siren.
They have had a difficult year with injury and personal tragedy and after the highs of 2012, the Roos' season has come to an end with a first-round finals exit.
In a best-on-ground performance, Corey Kelly dominated the midfield and around the ground finishing with six goals, which were all scored in the first half.
After being moved into the midfield in the second half, Kelly seemed to thrive on the big game atmosphere and was able to do great damage in the clearances.
The first term was a tight contest with both teams trying to get their running games going.
Kelly scored two quick goals and set up another with his fast run into the forward line, but Walpeup-Underbool's Wade Champion marked strongly and goaled to put the Roos ahead at quarter-time.
The Cats came out in the second quarter determined to make the Roos accountable by hitting each contest hard.
Kane Bannam did plenty of damage for the Cats, regularly driving the ball into his side's forward line.
Playing on a wing, Bannam systematically worked his way up and down the ground and his decision-making was intelligent.
With Kelly playing on the ball, Woomelang-Lascelles was on top in the final term and Walpeup-Underbool had lost Josh Charles late in the first half to a knee injury.
The Roos kept applying pressure and their good work paid off as they briefly hit the front and even had a slight sniff of an unlikely victory.
But as they had done all day, the Cats responded, charging to another handy final-term lead, with Russ Gravestock medallist Trent Donnan doing some great work in and around the middle.
Walpeup-Underbool's season is over. The team will look back on it as a year that was always going to be difficult.
Woomelang-Lascelles now has a week off before taking on the loser of the Sea Lake-Nandaly Tigers and Beulah game in two weeks.