MCDFL - Navarre shrugged off a determined Natte Bealiba outfit to score a 32 point victory in Saturday's Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League second semi final at Princes Park.
It was an intriguing game, with Navarre gaining the edge in the second term only for Natte Bealiba, as they have done so in the past, to issue a challenge in the third term.
Swans goals came in two minute bursts and even in the first half of the final term, it was hard to tip a winner.
Four unanswered goals in the game's latter stages sealed the deal for Navarre, who came away with the win 15.11 (101) to 10.9 (69).
What made Saturday's win even sweeter for the Grasshoppers was that they did it without having a number of their best players on the field.
Navarre did regain assistant coach Brent Flood from a quad injury and he appeared to get through the game unscathed, but coach Daniel Parkin, captain Louis Hannett and forward Zane Bigmore were all missing due to injury.
It has been confirmed that Parkin will miss the rest of the finals after being diagnosed with a fractured jaw suffered the weekend before against Newstead.
Added to the injury list was defender Jayden Fowkes, who didn't return to the field after hurting his ankle in the second term.
Navarre got off to a slow start against Natte Bealiba, with the Swans kicking the opening two goals for the match.
As expected, contests were tight and Navarre was finding it difficult to score and their only goal for that term came courtesy of Ben Scott.
The Grasshoppers came out in the second term much more fired up than in the first.
Two goals in two minutes from Kris Brennan saw them hit the front and an Ash Driscoll major at the 15 minute mark stretched the margin to 28 points.
Swans bounced back quickly through Ryan Weir and Bruno Mortlock, while Nic Murphy replied with a late goal as the Grasshoppers went into half time 23 points in front.
Navarre was caught napping in the third term as Natte Bealiba slammed on four unanswered goals to snatch the lead, but once again the Grasshoppers were rescued through Cody Driscoll and Ben Scott.
Scott was particularly outstanding in the midfield and went forward to finish with four goals for the match.
Although Navarre led by nine points at the final change, Parkin said that they hadn't won anything.
The Grasshoppers coach ordered his side to man up and show some fight, no matter how pretty or not the game was.
And quite simply, they did.
Bryce Tickner was winning plenty of the ball in defence, Nic Murphy snuck forward to kick final quarter goals while Josh Fowkes marked everything that came his way, and he also contributed on the scoreboard.
Both Ash and Josh Driscoll were impressive around the packs and Daniel Reading wasn't giving Swans key onballer, Steven Ross, an inch.
Ben Scott's third goal of the afternoon, from 50 metres on the run, gifted Navarre a 22 point lead at the 10 minute mark of the term and from that point, the game appeared over.
When Josh Fowkes took a high flying mark barely a minute later, which resulted in a goal, it was party time for the Grasshoppers.
Navarre head back to Princes Park, Maryborough this Saturday to play in a preliminary final against an unbeaten Carisbrook.