SALE moved into its third consecutive Gippsland League A grade netball grand final after an impressive 36-24 win over Morwell in the second semi-final.
In a tough, high standard match at Traralgon on Saturday, Sale led 11-9 at the first break, but Morwell refused to go away, with the Magpies only leading 17-16 at half-time.
At injury time in the third quarter, Sale led 24-21, but by the final change it was leading 30-21 before going on to win by 12 goals.
Sale defenders Kate Eddy, Mel Johnston, Julie Gerrand and Layla Simmons were outstanding. Eddy, with amazing rebounding skills turned defence into attack.
Midcourt players Tarryn Cunningham, Tori Dessent and Tianna Hogan worked in well with goal attack Lara Dunkley, who has had a great finals series, to get through the tight Tigers defence.
In the grand final, the Magpies will meet the winner of Sunday’s preliminary final between Morwell and Moe, which has kept winning since scraping into the top five in the final round.
In the first semi-final on Sunday, the Lions defeated Traralgon in a match which went into extra time.
B grade: second semi-final: Traralgon 38 d Moe 37; first semi-final: Morwell 30 d Bairnsdale 20.
C grade: second semi-final: Traralgon 28 d Morwell 23; first semi-final: Moe 36 d Sale 26.
Under 17s: second semi-final: Traralgon 29 d Moe 27; first semi-final: Maffra 28 d Sale 22.
Under 15s: second semi-final: Traralgon 45 d Moe 26; first semi-final: Bairnsdale 25 d Maffra 24.
Under 13s: second semi-final: Maffra 40 d Wonthaggi 30; first semi-final: Traralgon 32 d Moe 30.
Sunday at Moe:
A grade: Morwell v Moe, 2.20pm.
B grade: Moe v Morwell, 1pm.
C grade: Morwell v Moe, noon.
Under 17s: Moe v Maffra, 11am.
Under 15s: Moe v Bairnsdale, 10am.
Under 13s: Wonthaggi Power v Traralgon, 9am.