Whittlesea’s Keidan Treacy celebrates a match-sealing goal against Northcote Park on Saturday.

By Colin MacGillivray

WHITTLESEA went a long way towards avoiding relegation from the Northern Football Netball League’s top division on Saturday, handily defeating Northcote Park to vault to eighth on the ladder.

The Eagles, who have endured a turbulent season, were staring down the barrel of a likely wooden spoon finish if they failed to beat the Cougars and responded with one of their best performances in a 10.10 (70) to 6.3 (39) win.

Despite blustery conditions at Northcote’s Bill Lawry Oval, Whittlesea was able to move the ball effectively, with Mitch Andrews providing run and precision ball use on a wing and Taidhg Bland winning on the inside.

Jake Wild was undersized in the ruck but used his mobility around the ground to cut off numerous Northcote Park kicks, while Matthew Atta was rock solid in the back line.

Jaron Murphy looked dangerous in the air and at ground level for Whittlesea, finishing with a game-high three goals, and Keidan Treacy’s sealer in the last quarter saw him named among the best on ground.

Whittlesea now sits a game clear of Northcote Park and ninth-placed Hurstbridge, although with lower percentage than both.

The Eagles will return home to Whittlesea Showgrounds this Saturday in a game against North Heidelberg.

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