Anglesea’s top two hopes hang by a thread as the seniors fell to the ladder leading Torquay by 47 points on past players day on Saturday.
An eight goal to three third term proved to be the biggest difference between the first and fourth placed sides in the 20.14 (134) to 13.9 (87) defeat for the Seas.
It was the hosts who started brighter of the two teams as quick ball movement was capped off with a number of composed finishes in front of goal to lead by 11 points at the first break.
The quarter time break seemed to allow the Tigers to settle and traded goals with the Seas early before a few late goals allowed the visitors to lead by 13 points after the long change.
A quick goal to start the second half brought the Seas back within reach, but it also seemed to light a fire under the Tigers, who showed why they are premiership favourites as they found space and targets at will.
They broke the lead out to 50 points at times during the third quarter, but two late Dale Kerr goals in the shadow of the siren reduced the margin to 45 points at the final change.
Needing their best term of the year to steal the game, a Dyson Bell-Warren major in the first minute gave the Seas a glimmer of hope.
But the Tigers continued to respond each time the hosts were able to cut the margin and the game fire fizzled out in the latter stages.
Ash Caldwell was the Seas’ best while Lewis Beers, Kerr, Blake Grant, Jordan Erskine and Nick Swain more than held their own.
Kerr and Erskine led the way up forward for the hosts with three goals each.
Anglesea will take on Geelong Amateur next week in a bid to end a run of back-to-back losses.
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