CRESWICK has Skipton to thank for saving its place in the Central Highlands Football League finals series.
The Wickers will contest the playoffs for the second year in a row after a dramatic climax to the home-and-away season on Saturday.
Creswick clinched eighth place on the ladder by the skin of its teeth after letting slip a handy lead deep in the last term to eventually draw with rivals Newlyn.
This left a nervous wait on scores from the Skipton versus Learmonth clash to determine its finals fate.
There were two separate eruptions – first by the Creswick supporters and then the playing group still out on the ground – when word filtered through that the Emus had hung on to beat the ninth-placed Lakies by just six points.
The result ensured Creswick remained eighth on the ladder and sets up an elimination final with Springbank this coming Saturday.
It will be the Wickers’ second appearance in finals since 1987 and follows a quick exit at the hands of Waubra last season.
The other elimination final will be contested between Daylesford and Gordon on Sunday.
The Bulldogs slipped to sixth on the ladder following the weekend’s loss to Waubra, with the Eagles seventh after their defeat to flag favourites Buninyong.
That result saw the Bombers complete an undefeated home- and-away campaign ahead of this Saturday’s qualifying final against Hepburn.
Second-placed Waubra has dropped just one match for the entire year – against Buninyong – and will tackle Bungaree in the second qualifying encounter on Sunday.