St Bedes/Mentone Tigers got back on the winners' list with a gutsy 4 point victory over Old Carey at Bulleen on Saturday. Old Carey kicked the first goal of the game but after that the tigers took control and with Jack Hellier continually driving the ball out of the centre and Paddy Nicholls commanding the forward line the tigers banged on 7 of the next 8 majors and dominated every contest to lead by 28 points in a pulsating quarter of footy. The panthers welcomed the quarter time siren to put an end to the onslaught and re-grouped to slowly play themselves back into the game in the second stanza and with 4 goals 5 for the quarter looked well-placed going into the long break only 4 points in arrears. After half time, the game was a contest befitting two teams aspiring to finals action as Carey goaled immediately to hit the front only to see the Mentone team wrest back the ascendency with strong contested footy stifling the panthers' running game and moving out to a 16 point lead only to have this reigned back with a goal to the home team on the three-quarter time siren. Again in the last, Old Carey challenged the Tigers and then took the lead at the the 11 minute mark but as ever the seniors team drew on their famed character and will-to-win and with ferocious attack on the ball and the ball-carrier took control as first Luke Terrell slotted his fourth and then Nicholls rammed home his sixth to stretch the margin to 11 points. In the last 10 minutes there was no room for niceties as both teams flung themselves into contests but, with Pat Tyquin and Hiwad Shakaib calm in the crisis and moving the ball cleanly to teammates, the tigers looked home until the panthers kicked a long one against the play at the 29 minute mark. The last 4 minutes were interminable as the home team attacked relentlessly to steal the winner and the tigers defended like caged beasts and then counter-attacked in an attempt to seal it before the final siren eventually sounded giving the Mentone team a well-deserved victory against one of the teams that will be thereabouts when the September action begins. Ã¢ÂÂ¢The Reserves had a very good 31 point victory and play the two teams immediately above them in the next 2 weeks, the Thirds just missed out while the U19s won easily by 58 points at home. Ã¢ÂÂ¢Next Saturday the Tigers host Collegians in a VAFA Premier Division top-of-the-table encounter at the Fortress in what shapes as a defining game for both teams hellbent on finals footy, after their respective disappointments of last season. Bookings are a must for the Coterie luncheon which commences at 12 Noon. Please click on the 'Whats coming up' icon and make your reservation.