Sale gets a home preliminary final after all.

The Magpies sent Traralgon out in straight sets on Sunday after winning the reserves’ first semi-final.

Brad Smith takes a slick mark for Sale. Photos: Liam Durkin

Sale led at every change but had to hold off a gallant Maroons outfit in a 6.9 (45) to 4.3 (27) scoreline.

With their seniors eliminated in the first week of finals, the Magpies were able to bring rebounding defender Jordan Burke, as well as young guns Tom Wrigglesworth and Harry Tatterson, into the reserves.

Wrigglesworth kicked two goals, including a neat dribbler in the first quarter.

The Sale reserves received good support from their senior counterparts. Magpies senior captain Jack Leslie ran water while the huddles were packed with senior players, showing one-team unity.

Tom Wrigglesworth zooches a smart goal in the opening quarter of the reserves semi-final for Sale.

For the second year in a row, the Magpies will play Maffra in the reserves preliminary final.

Maffra will use their double chance after going down in a somewhat bizarre second semi-final.

The Eagles kicked more goals but had 11 less scoring shots than their opposition, losing 2.12 (24) to 3.0 (18) against Leongatha.

Unlike last year, however, this preliminary final is at Sale Oval.

It doesn’t matter what grade it is, it doesn’t get much bigger than Battle of the Birds in a prelim.