Natimuk United sealed the deal against Swifts on Saturday in a thrilling end to four quarters of football, taking away the sight of a second spot season finish for the Baggies.
In perfect weather conditions, the Rams fought their way back into the game in the last quarter to obtain the lead, only to lose it, but dug deep to claim it once more.
As the siren sounded the home crowd cheered as the Rams stole the show and came away one point winners, 11.8 (74) to 11.7 (73).
It wasn't smooth sailing for the home team despite coming into the game with the upper hand, rolling the Baggies in round one by 32 points.
Swifts were off to a flyer, kicking the first three goals of the game with the breeze.
Early into the third, Swifts' Ben Leong clashed legs with Sam Anson which brought the game to a standstill.
Leong injured his ankle in round one against the Rams which saw him sidelined for the most part of the 2019 season, playing a few games in reserves and was awarded a position in the senior team this week.
Leong was stretchered off the ground and took no further part in the game.
The Rams were held goalless in the third term while the Baggies took advantage of the wind. With three quick goals from the Rams to start the last, it was an opportunity for the Baggies to drop their heads.
Carey said it was a credit to his players they kept going.
"We were right in it until the end and the boys knew that," he said.
"We kept fighting back - we were unlucky, one hit the post and another missed and it just so happened Natimuk was in front when the siren sounded. At the end of the day, one point, five points, it doesn't matter. We came here to get the four points on the ladder, it didn't happen and now we will go back and assess."
Carey said Natimuk play a style of football which impressed him, fast and physical.
"Today's game was exactly that and I thought we matched them for most of the game," he said. "We're starting to half decent football. There were patches today where we moved the ball really well. We can do it, we just need to do it for longer."
Anson addressed his players after the game and thanked them all for putting "their heart and soul on the line for the team".
"The reward is this feeling," he said. "Blokes were going down injured and they had the heart to keep going - that's character building stuff."
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