WOOMELANG-Lascelles came from fourth place on the Mallee Football League ladder to snatch the premiership flag from Sea Lake-Nandaly Tigers by just two points.
In a soul-stirring victory, the crowd favourites needed a late goal from Dwayne Hamlyn to hit the front and just managed to hold off the Tigers in the frantic final few minutes.
The Tigers were heading towards goal when the final siren sounded on a game that will long be remembered in Mallee football.
This contest between rivals was a wonderful spectacle for the huge crowd.
The Cats got away in what proved to be a match-winning third quarter, but the Tigers came back in the final term to hit the front, only to lose the lead right when it mattered most.
It was a tough and tight game from the opening bounce and tackling was fierce from both sides.
The umpires were forced to throw the ball up to disperse packs that regularly formed and were not afraid to dish out 50-metre penalties or free kicks down field.
Hamlyn's match-winning major was courtesy of a 50-metre penalty.
Along with tightness in close, high marking was a feature of the game.
Both sides had skilful tall players, who could take clean marks.
But it was the marking skills and accurate passing of Anthony Foott that proved decisive for the winners.
When Woomelang-Lascelles was on top in the third term and getting a lot of the ball out of the centre, Foott found himself alone across half-back and was able to repel several Tiger forward moves.
Foott was one of the Cats responsible for getting his side on top and in a match-winning position and he was a deserved winner of the best-on-ground medallion.
Other Cats named in the best include Chris McMahon, Trent Donnan and Jayden Lonergan.
Sea Lake-Nandaly Tigers were desperately unlucky to go down in what was a memorable grand final, but nevertheless 2013 will be remembered as the Cats' year.
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