KANIVA-LEEOR United was lucky to remain in fourth position on the ladder after losing to Lucindale by 31 points on Saturday.
The Cougars were heavy favourites going in to Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara Football League’s penultimate home and away round after beating Lucindale by 96 points in round six. At half-time, the Cougars had scored 1.4 to the Roos’ 5.6.
Kaniva-Leeor found its feet in the final term, booting 4.3 but Lucindale snapped two goals late in the quarter to run out winners, 84 to 53.
Dylan Williams and Leigh Ryan both kicked two goals for the Cougars.
Shane Vivian, captain Jonno Hicks, Steve Stallion, Shane Dodson, Josh Larocca and Matt Skrypek were named in the side’s best.
The Cougars need to beat Bordertown at the weekend to secure a double chance in the 2014 finals series.
However, the Cougars could be without their skipper on Saturday after Hicks was stretchered off the ground late in the game with a suspected broken ankle.
Border Districts had another tough day at the office, going down to Penola by 91 points.
Penola got away early and led by 10 goals at half-time.
Best players for Border Districts were Corey Burr, James Sullivan, Mark Lemon, Fraser Adams, Dale Hannaford and Nick Tarca.
In other matches, Keith defeated Kybybolite by 78 points, top side Padthaway proved too strong for Mundulla, winning by 63, and Bordertown kept its finals hopes alive with a nine-point win over Naracoorte.
Kingston had a bye.