RED Cliffs saluted dual premiership hero Chris Lee in his 200th senior game with a last quarter comeback win over Robinvale-Euston in windy conditions at Euston.
Trailing by 24 points at three quarter time but kicking with the wind, the Tigers piled on eight final term goals – including two from the milestone man himself – to run over the top of the Eagles 12.12 (84) to 10.9 (69).
Red Cliffs co-coach Ash Connick said the side’s fitness paid off in the second half, particularly after a gruelling and physical third term that featured only one goal apiece.
"We've had a massive pre-season and that just paid dividends for us – in the second half I thought we really looked like we had a lot of run in our legs and the boys dug deep,” Connick said.
"In Chris Lee's 200th game, it was really important for the group to give Chris a good performance and we just played a hell of a lot better: we were smarter with the footy, we defended it better and we structured up the way we liked to and yeah, that's a great win for us."
In the other round 5 matches, Imperials held off a dogged South Mildura to win 15.11 (101) to 12.8 (80) at Sarah Oval and extended their unbeaten start to four matches.
Next door at City Oval, Irymple were too strong for Mildura in a 15.5 (95) to 5.11 (41) victory, while Ouyen United did it comfortably in the twilight match at George Gordon Oval, defeating hosts Wentworth 17.12 (114) to 7.7 (49) to bring up a fifth straight win.
On the A Grade netball courts, Irymple prevailed 38-34 over Mildura, Ouyen United defeated Wentworth 45-40, South Mildura had a 57-49 victory over Imperials and Robinvale-Euston defeated Red Cliffs 57-23.
Full coverage of SFNL round 5, as well as Millewa football and netball, in the After The Siren lift out of Monday's Sunraysia Daily.