RUPANYUP fought off a gallant first half by Pimpinio to record its first win of 2014 at Rupanyup Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
The Panthers had more of the footy in the first two quarters, but could not convert on the scoreboard.
At the main break, they had kicked 4.9 (33) to the Tigers' 4.4 (28).
There were good signs from the young Pimpinio group in the early stages, as the Tigers attacked the ball.
Both teams are among the youngest in the competition, but Rupanyup's core of veteran players told the difference on the day.
Drew Tyler was superb, as was James Delahunty in his second game for the club.
The Panthers found many avenues to goal, with eight players hitting the score sheet and no player booting more than two majors.
It was a different story for Pimpinio, as Dylan Baker played a lone hand up forward with five goals.
The Tigers could not draw on the same veteran experience as Rupanyup, with Alex Hill the only seasoned campaigner directing players on the field.
Rupanyup coach Mick Finnigan said it was nice to get his first win as coach of the club.
"We're in a similar scenario to them with a lot of young kids in our side, so we should get a bit of confidence with a win like that," he said.
"We struggled in the first half, but we were much more accountable in the second half and stuff we've been working on at training came out a bit more."
Finnigan said the team was confident it could improve even more with five senior players still to be included.
Pimpinio coach Mal Coutts said his team competed well in the first half.
"I was very proud of our efforts almost up until half time, but we were overwhelmed in the end," he said.
"We tried hard, but there's no one out there directing traffic except Hilly.
"We've got to get tougher we can get flogged every week, or we can really try and improve and be competitive."