WNA - Stawell Warriors A grade netballers have progressed through to the Wimmera Netball Association preliminary final after fighting on to defeat Horsham RSL Diggers in extra time.
It was Stawell's second thriller in a row after the Warriors lost by just a goal to Ararat the weekend before.
Stawell got off to a good start in the first semi final, leading 14-8 at quarter time before the Diggers performed a 10 goal turnaround in the second term to hit the front at half time.
It was then a see-sawing contest in the second half and scores were level at 40 all at the final buzzer.
Extra time, which is five minutes each end, was then played with Warriors claiming eventual victory 46-44.
"Our second quarter is what cost us again," Stawell A grade coach, Liza Cook, said.
"I don't know what happened out there, but they had that 10 goal turnaround and we had a lot of work to do."
Stawell made changes after half time, moving goalie Grace Jensz out of attack and replacing her with Jemma Clarkson, while Lauren Iseppi was moved into centre.
"Lauren played really well when she got into that centre spot, getting her hands to the ball," Cook said.
Ellen Williams was swapped for Lisa Fleming at wing defence in the second half, which gave Stawell fresh legs on the court.
Defender Tracey Dark and Liza Cook, who was Stawell's top scorer with 34 goals, were named best on court.
The coach was happy with Warriors effort as a team, but said they needed to gain a strong lead and maintain it in Sunday's preliminary final clash against Ararat.
"We need a real four quarter effort. Every quarter, it doesn't matter if we're 10 goals up or 10 goals down, we need to go out there and make sure we put everything on the line."
Stawell now face Ararat at Alexandra Oval on Sunday, with the winner to tackle Horsham in the A grade grand final.
In the second B grade semi final, Stawell Warriors suffered a disappointing 49-32 loss to Horsham, who have now progressed through to the grand final.
Stawell B grade coach Christine Graveson said Warriors tried a bit too hard to play the Demons game.
"They were very fast and are very used to each other and we got sucked into their game.
"We tried to go a little bit too quick (in) trying to match them. They're an awesome team," she said.
Graveson indicated the scoreboard didn't reflect the game itself.
Madi Cross was exceptional at wing attack, providing a lot of drive down the court while Courtney Morrow ran all day in centre.
B grade come up against Warrack Eagles in Sunday's preliminary final.
Stawell Warriors C grade netballers lost out to Horsham 41-45 in their second semi final.
Stawell's starting line-up had to be reshuffled at the last minute due to captain Melinda Jardine being injured.
Warriors intensity lacked in the first half, allowing Horsham to get a good lead.
Stawell's defensive pressure did pick up and the Warriors managed to outscore Horsham in the second half (22-18).
C grade must now play Dimboola at Ararat on Sunday to determine who faces Horsham in the grand final.
Stawell's 13 and under netballers cruised through to the Association grand final after defeating Horsham Saints 32-19.
After a two week break, Stawell took a little while to settle and without Bonnie McIlvride as goal keeper due to an ankle injury, a few positional changes were made.
Once Warriors settled down, they did very well with Eliza Bennett picking off many balls while Kasey Mornane worked the centre beautifully. Both players were named Stawell's best on court.
Stawell now has another week off.