THE Saints have drastically improved on their previous 185-point hiding from Leitchville-Gunbower to thrash Mount Pleasant at Pigeon Park on Saturday.
In a massive turnaround, the percentage boost has kept their finals’ hopes alive, with only two games left in the Heathcote and District Football League.
It was the Saints first win playing in purple jumpers in memory of Georgia Edsall-French.
They are now eight points outside the top five and will need to win their next two encounters against Elmore and Huntly if they’re a chance to play finals.
As it stood, North Bendigo, Leitchville-Gunbower, Colbinabbin and Huntly have all secured a place in finals with White Hills, Lockington-Bamawm United and Heathcote fighting for fifth.
Although an 11-goal victory has opened up the possibility of a post-season showing, everything had to align in their favour with White Hills needing to lose the next three.
Darcy Mclean continued his consistent form to produce a best-on-ground performance on Saturday.
Brad Morgan and Louis Piccolo were stunning through the midfield, combining with full forward Luke Podhajski for 10 of the Saints 16 goals.
The backline did well to restrict Mounts to five goals, but 11 behinds cost the away team in producing any scoreboard pressure.
Kicking straight appeared to be a problem for both sides with the final score, Heathcote 16.11 (107) to 5.11 (41).
Last week’s best Dylan McCutcheon again played a big hand in the victory to be among the better players.
The Saints attention now turns to eighth-placed Elmore which is another must win game.
Heathcote are again favourites as the Bloods are 2-10 going into the round.