MORNINGTON snapped a three-game losing streak with a 12-point victory over Seaford in their Peninsula League clash at Alexandra Park on Saturday.
The Bulldogs controlled the game for most of the day, holding the Tigers at arm's length for the first three quarters before the Tigers mounted a late comeback in the final term.
Mornington coach Josh Beard was pleased with the Dogs' win after a lean month, crediting the win to the return of his senior players.
"Having all of those blokes in makes a big difference," he said. "We are working on creating more depth."
Mornington spread the load up forward, Chris Paxino, Byron Murphy and Adrian Speedy all getting involved with three majors apiece.
At the other end of the ground midfielder Chris Irving played a different role for the Tigers, lining up in the goal square.
Mornington on-baller Josh McLerie picked up Irving in what was an interesting battle, Irving making the most of his opportunities with four majors.
Mornington midfielder and former Queensland state league player Stuart Seager was prolific out of the midfield, relishing his return to his old club.
Brayden Irving did his best in keeping the Tigers' hopes alive, pushing hard up and down the ground in one of his best games of the year.
In the final term things levelled with Seaford increasing the pressure, but they were unable to match the Bulldogs' efficiency up forward. Mornington gun Byron Murphy proved the difference with three critical last-term goals.
Seaford coach Craig McIndoe was disappointed. "We were very ordinary and we got what we deserved," McIndoe said.
Seaford plays host to Bonbeach and will be keen to bounce back on Saturday while Mornington takes on in-form rival Mt Eliza at Emil Madsen Reserve.
In other Peninsula League matches, The Pines finally broke their drought, upsetting Chelsea by 18 points.
Frankston YCW returned to the winners' list with an 82-point crushing of Langwarrin.
Mt Eliza narrowly averted defeat against Bonbeach, the Redlegs overcoming a three-quarter-time deficit to run out winners by 24 points. Karingal had a comfortable victory over Edithvale-Aspendale by 38 points.
Victorian Football League:
Werribee Tigers 20.13 (133) d Casey Scorpions 8.7(55)
Dandenong Stingrays 11.14 (80) d Western Jets 6.12 (48).
Casey Cardinia League: (split round)
Cranbourne 12.10 (82) d Beaconsfield 8.10 (58); Doveton 12.19(91) Pakenham 9.4 (58).
Somerville 18.17 (125) d Tyabb 7.6 (48); Sorrento 16.20 (116) d Crib Point 7.8(50); Rosebud 15.7 (97) d Dromana 13.11 (89); Devon Meadows 15.9 (99) d Pearcedale 15.4 (94); Red Hill 13.8 (86) d Frankston Bombers 7.12 (54), Hastings 18.7 (115) d 9.10 (64).
Mornington 14.7(91) d Seaford 11.13 (79); Pines 9.10 (64) d Chelsea 6.10(46); Frankston YCW 14.13 (97) v Langwarrin 2.3 (15); Mt Eliza 11.13 (79) d Bonbeach 8.7(55), Karingal 13.10(88) d Edithvale-Aspendale 7.8(50).
For full results, click on Mornington Peninsula Latest Sport Results at upper right.
Victorian Football League:
Casey Scorpions v Port Melbourne, Casey Fields, 2pm.
Dandenong Stingrays v Gippsland Power at Shepley Oval, 1pm.
Casey Cardinia League:
Berwick v Cranbourne, Edwin Flack Reserve; Narre Warren v Beaconsfield, Kalora Park; Hampton Park v Doveton, LS Reid Oval; Pakenham v ROC, Toomuc Reserve; Tooradin-Dalmore v Keysborough, Tooradin Recreation Reserve.
Crib Point v Pearcedale, Crib Point Recreation Reserve; Devon Meadows v Hastings, Glover Reserve; Frankston Bombers v Tyabb, Greg Beck; Rosebud v Sorrento, Olympic Oval; Rye v Red Hill, RJ Rowley Reserve; Somerville v Dromana, Somerville Recreation Reserve.
Karingal v Frankston YCW, Ballam Park; Langwarrin v Pines, Lloyd Park; Seaford v Bonbeach, Seaford Oval; Chelsea v Edithvale-Aspendale, Chelsea Reserve (Sunday); Mt Eliza v Mornington, Emil Madsen Reserve (Sunday).
All games on Saturday unless otherwise stated.