ALLANSFORD has survived a second-half comeback from Old Collegians to run out a 29-point winner at Allansford Recreation Reserve today.
The Cats kicked nine of the first 10 goals of the match and led by 54 points at half-time in the Warrnambool and District league match of the day.
But the Warriors surged to within 14 points in last term before goals to Sam Burchell , Sam Holloway and Nick Johnstone secured the 15.11 (101) to 10.12 (72) win.
Burchell and Justin Nowell kicked three goals each while Brad Williams grabbed two and was one of the instigators when the Cats broke clear in the second term.
Ruckman Ben Lenehan, Sam Holloway and Leatham Robe were also among the best for the victors, who have a 2-1 record after three rounds.
Josh Walsh kicked three goals for the Warriors and was ever-present all match while Aaron Williams and Matthew Petherick booted two each.
Williams, who was carried off on a stretcher in the last term, Jacob Dunkley and ruckman Darren Lloyd earned their best-player honours.
Dunkley lit up the crowd with a hanger on a wing in the third quarter while Petherick kicked the goal of the day, dribbling home from the left point post late on.
In other matches, an inaccurate Dennington did enough to get past Deakin University 9.21 (75) to 6.5 (41) at D. C. Farran Oval.
Kolora-Noorat had to fight for its 18.14 (122) to 7.7 (49) win against East Warrnambool at Reid Oval.
South Rovers scored their first win of the season in beating Timboon Demons 15.11 (101) to 9.8 (62) at Walter Oval.
And Merrivale exposed the gap between the top and bottom in the league with a 37.28 (250) to 0.5 (5) thrashing of Russells Creek at Mack Oval.
Jet Dowie and Josh Guiney kicked seven goals each and four other Tigers finished with four goals.
The night match at Cobden finished with Panmure thrashing Nirranda 22.16 (148) to 4.4 (28).
In the A grade netball, Dennington bounced back from defeat to edge out Deakin University 38-28.
Russells Creek claimed victory in a thriller against Merrivale, 30-27 - the Tigers' second narrow loss this season.
Kolora-Noorat was convincing in beating East Warrnambool 67-17.
Timboon Demons claimed its second win of the season, 42-35 against South Rovers.
Old Collegians did enough to beat Allansford 32-28 in another match which went down to the wire.
And Panmure preserved its unbeaten record with a 49-33 defeat of Nirranda.