Trinity Aquinas continued University's miserable mid-season slump with a one-point victory at Grayden Reserve in WA Amateur Football League A Grade round 11 on Saturday.
In a low-scoring affair, University looked like they might hang on to a five-point lead with two minutes left, but Trinity Aquinas player Ryan Michalczyk slotted a long-range goal to give his team the lead when it mattered.
Former Claremont player David Crawford kicked two goals for TA.
It was University's third loss in a row and fifth in six rounds, after they started the season with five wins. The students hang on to third place on 6-5 but have three other teams on 6-5 - including Trinity Aquinas - breathing down their necks.
Top team Fremantle CBC (10-1) continued their cracking season by beating fourth-placed North Beach (6-5) by 44 points at home. CBC had six multiple goal scorers, led by Matthew Leece's four.
Kalamunda (5-6) had an important 16-point win over Mt Lawley (6-5) in Lesmurdie. Steven Armstrong booted five goals for seventh-placed Kalamunda to keep them in sight of the top four.
Wesley Curtin's premiership defence is going well, having won seven of their past eight games to be clear second on the ladder with an 8-3 record.
In B Grade, North Fremantle (10-2), Scarborough (9-3) and Wembley (9-3) are slugging it out for the two promotion spots.
A Grade, round 11
Trinity Aquinas 9.10 d University 9.9
Whitford 13.3 d Swan Athletic 6.11
Fremantle CBC 16.14 d North Beach 10.6
Kalamunda 13.7 d Mt Lawley 10.9
Wesley Curtin 9.14 d West Coast 7.3