Leongatha will be busy on the netball courts this weekend.

The Parrots have five of six teams playing Gippsland League preliminary finals.

With the senior football team also playing for a spot in yet another Grand Final, expect a sea of green and gold to make its way to Sale Oval.

Sale looks set to turn on a perfect day weather wise, with sunshine and a temperature touching 30 degrees forecast.

A forecast like that must mean it is getting close to cricket season. Does it ever rain in Sale-Maffra?

Leongatha won through to the A Grade Preliminary Final after getting over Drouin last Sunday.

Taking to the Maffra courts, the Parrots put together a blistering last term, scoring 19 goals to 10 to win 52-46.

They will now play reigning premier Morwell, who will use their double chance after losing to Moe by four goals.

The Lions advanced straight through to their first Grand Final since 2018, winning a seesawing battle against their Valley rivals.

Some thrilling matches unfolded in Maffra on Sunday, not least the C Grade semi between Drouin and Bairnsdale.

The Hawks sent the game into overtime with a goal after the siren, before the Redlegs sent Drouin home by nailing the winning goal of overtime literally one second before time was called.

Sale’s strong showing in junior netball will be on show again this weekend, with the 17s and 13s in action.

The Magpies get to play a final on their home court, in what will no doubt be a special day on the facility named after the late great Kevin Hogan.

A legend of Gippsland sport, Kevin Hogan gave especially great service to Sale netball. You would find him courtside at every Sale home game, camera in hand, taking photos for the Gippsland Times.

“The netball involvement has been one of the best things I’ve done,” he said in an interview with the author just before his death in 2019.

“The families are magnificent, there’s people at Sale that we would never have seen if it wasn’t for netball.”

Second semi-final results

A GRADE: Moe 48 d Morwell 44

B GRADE: Drouin 49 d Traralgon 29

C GRADE: Maffra 28 d Leongatha 17

17 AND UNDER: Traralgon 33 d Sale 31

15 AND UNDER: Sale 33 d Traralgon 31

13 AND UNDER: Traralgon 39 d Sale 32,

First semi-final results

A GRADE: Leongatha 52 d Drouin 46

B GRADE: Leongatha 48 d Moe 46

C GRADE: Bairnsdale 40 d Drouin 39 (OT)

17 AND UNDER: Leongatha 42 d Maffra 25

15 AND UNDER: Gatha 47 d Bairnsdale 25

13 AND UNDER: Moe 42 d Bairnsdale 17