THE Wimmera under-15 V/Line Cup squad has finished third in division two after a hard-fought eight-point win over Bendigo at Princes Park in Melbourne on Wednesday.
After trailing by seven points at the major break, the Wimmera team bounced back with a three-goal-to-none third term to claim a 15-point ascendancy at the final change.
Despite being held scoreless in the final quarter, the team held off a fast-finishing Bendigo outfit in slippery conditions for an important 6.7 (43) to 5.5 (35) win.
Coach John Delahunty said the side fought it out for a hard-earned victory in tough conditions.
"It was very wet and a bit of a slog, and they played four quarters of really good footy.
"Throughout the whole carnival they played some great passages but didn't put it together for four quarters, and in the last game they did. They did a great job to keep fighting it out, and it was really good to watch how they went about it."
Warrack Eagle Charlie Wilson was named among the best booting three goals as was on-baller Oliver Timms for the third game in succession.
Horsham's Jayden Besford and Noradjuha-Quantong's Remy Cross also played important roles.
Louis Preston, Louis Beddison and Jack Antonio all chipped in with a goal each.
Delahunty said among the standouts across the tournament were Timms and Kieren Priestley in the midfield, bottom-age forward Wilson and defender Dustin Okely.
He said it was pleasing to see the way the squad worked together and developed over the course of the three games.
"They should be very proud ," he said.