Yankalilla looked set to roll Mount Compass on Saturday as they led at every break with the exception of when it counted and that was at the final siren.
With Whittlesea in control in the ruck and the likes of Kay, Brannigan-Fisher, Mellow, Crawford and Jesse Fitzgerald providing run and playing their disciplined roles, the Tigers had the measure of the Dogs.
James up forward was a thorn in the side of the Bulldogs defensive unit and Mount Compass did not have a player to cope with his strength in the air.
At the first change Yankailla led by seven points and with most of the game going goal for goal, it seemed like the Tigers always had the answers. At the last change Yankalilla led by 10 points and had some momentum, but Mount Compass had other ideas.
The Dogs kicked 5-5 for the term and held Yankalilla to 1-1 to run over a team that led them all day.
The combination of Parsons and Boots was fantastic for Compass, as they amassed eight goals between them.
Pittaway, Vitkunas, Green, Daniel, Hoban and Tom Corbett all lifted to see their side grab the vital two points and stamp themselves as a genuine premiership threat once again.
At the final siren Mount Compass defeated Yankalilla 14-15 to 12-8, a margin of 19 points.