Wynyard have leapfrogged Ulverstone at the top of the NWFL ladder after a thrilling 9.15 (69) to 9.10 (64) win at home on Saturday.
Thanks to the efforts of Dylan Smith in the midfield, the Cats turned a 10-point deficit at half time into a 15-point advantage at three-quarter time, then kicked the opening goal of the last term to look the likely winners.
The Robins hit back with the next three goals to draw within five points at the 16-minute mark and had an opportunity to tie the scores through Darren Banham, but his shot faded late for a behind
One minute later Brandon Howard had a chance at glory from 25 metres out directly in front, but his shot went out of bounds on the full, with the siren sounding soon after and condemning the Robins to their first loss of 2017.
Small forward Brody Denehey led the Cats with three goals, all of which came in the second half, while Banham finished with four goals for the Robins playing as a permanent forward.
Smith showed why he will be one of the favourites for the Darrel Baldock Medal at the end of the season with another classy display for the home side, with solid support from the likes of Sam Gleeson and Jacob Hamill.
Key defender Ryan Wing starred for Ulverstone, with Banham and Tim Mee also among the better players.
At GIRDLESTONE Park, Latrobe got its season back on track with an 8.23 (71) to 3.4 (22) win over East Devonport.
The result was set up in the first quarter with the Demons kicking 4.8 while holding the Swans scoreless, and the final margin should have been bigger but for some inaccurate kicking for goal by Wade Anthony’s team.
A DOMINANT performance from forwards Andrew Lee and Chris McDonald has given Penguin a comfortable 21.17 (143) to 12.4 (76) victory at home over Devonport.
The pair kicked 13 goals between them, with McDonald snaring six in his comeback game from injury as the Two Blues were never threatened by the visitors.
To the Magpies credit, they never threw in the towel and fought the game out through Clint Matthews in the ruck and Braden van Buuren, who kicked three goals.