ST ARNAUD stamped itself as a serious finals contender after upsetting ladder-leader and reigning premier Wedderburn at home on Saturday.
Little separated the sides early in the contest but it was the Redbacks who led by seven points at the final change.
The Saints struck first in the final quarter through Keegan Dingo, before Jack McNamara replied to keep the Redbacks’ hopes alive.
The sides exchanged the next two goals before a late major to Jacob Patching secured the 9.13 (67) to 7.10 (52) win.
Playing coach James McNamee was named the Saints’ best player, while Jimmy Wray continued his outstanding run of form and Nick Coghlan booted three goals.
Redbacks’ key forward Sam Barnes was kept to just one goal.
Jaran McKay and Hayden Polglase were named the visitors’ best.
Birchip-Watchem remains on the outskirts of the top four after a 27-point win over the winless Royal Blues at Donald.
The Royal Blues won two quarters – including the last – but it was too late as the Bulls ran out 10.12 (72) to 6.9 (45) victors.
Shaun Neeson, four goals, was named the Bulls’ best, while Luke Carr, Glenn Wyatt and Brody Haddow impressed for the Royal Blues.
Charlton has hung on to second spot on the ladder after a 14-point win over Wycheproof-Narraport at home.
Rhys Thompson starred for the Blues in the side’s 8.11 (59) to 7.3 (45) win.