Port Melbourne VFLW has kept its hopes of a top-two finish alive with a 43-point win over North Melbourne at ETU Stadium on Sunday.
In the second last game of the home and away season, the Borough produced a prolific five-goal final term to run away with the win, restricting North Melbourne to just two majors for the entire contest.
It was a slow start to the game, as North slotted the first goal of the match before Borough forward Ashleigh Richards responded to level the score at quarter time.
Alice Edmonds and Amanda Ling got the ball rolling for Port Melbourne in the second as it held North goalless for that term.
The Kangaroos fought back in the third quarter, however, they ran out of steam in the final term, as Port Melbourne seized the ascendancy with a flurry of goals to secure the win.
Rebecca Miller was a pillar in defence for the Borough, while Sarah D'Arcy showed her strength up forward as she booted two goals.
Borough VFLW Coach Lachlan Harris said the win was a good opportunity to iron out the kinks ahead of his side's inaugural finals campaign.
"It’s good to be back after a couple of weeks off, it’s always a bit hard, you aren’t kicking the footy to each other," Harris said.
"After we blew the cobwebs out for the first half, the girls really started to come together and we kicked (five) goals in the last quarter which was really pleasing to see."
"(We want to) really try to replicate that connection in the last quarter and do it through a whole game.
"It’s a bit tough having a massive lead-in, but (it was an) opportunity to continue to win and to get some form in before going to finals."
Port Melbourne will battle it out against Hawthorn in the final round of the home-and-away season this Sunday, June 27 at Box Hill City Oval from 11.00am.
If the Borough win the contest, they're a chance to leapfrog Geelong on the ladder and finish second behind Collingwood.
Port Melbourne 1.0 3.2 3.4 8.7 (55)
North Melbourne 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 (12)
Richmond: S. D’Arcy 2, C. Dyett, E. Wilson, A. Ling, A. Edmonds, A. Richards, L. McClelland.
Richmond: A. Edmonds, C. Dyett, S. D'Arcy, B. Vickers, C. Bromage, O. Barton.