DENNINGTON has progressed to week two of the Warrnambool and District league finals series after accounting for Allansford at Merrivale today.
The Dogs' hardness and ability to move the ball forward - in whatever way possible - proved the difference in their 7.11 (53) to 3.3 (21) win.
The win came after they led 3.7 to 2.0 at half-time, kicking clear with three goals during a match-defining third term.
Dennington hard nut Sam Lewis was best afield but was one of a host of Dogs to stand all.
Chris Keilar kicked three goals - essentially worth double considering the conditions - playing against Sam Doukas.
Leigh Niklaus was the dominant ruckman on the ground while Brandon Everard, Jordan Scott and Jordan Greene were in the packs all day.
Kyall Timms was also prominent, leading a resolute backline which also included the excellent Peter Doukas, Brad Distel and Luke Moutray.
Allansford adjudged Nick Johnstone their best player for his work through the midfield.Scott Henry worked hard in defence while Josh Brown was in an under all day.
The Cats were also pleased with the work of Matt Dwyer.
But they failed to win enough ball through the midfield in a game decided by whichever side could more territory with their kicks.
Such was the Cats' struggle to hit the scoreboard, two of their three goals came courtesy of 50-metre penalties.
The third, however, was one to remember - Nathan Wilson defying the conditions by slotting a banana from the boundary.