WNA - Stawell Warriors A grade Wimmera Netball Association season is over after succumbing to Ararat in yet another nail biting contest.
Extra time was needed in the second match in a row for Stawell, who just got over Horsham RSL Diggers the previous week in red time.
This time though, it was Ararat who prevailed in the dying moments of the preliminary final and the Rats held on to win 44-42.
It was also the second tight contest between Stawell and Ararat in three weeks, after Rats defeated Warriors by one goal in their qualifying final encounter.
What made the result even more heartbreaking for Stawell was that a goal to Liza Cook was disallowed on the buzzer which sent the match into extra time.
Although it wasn't Stawell's day, with goalie Grace Jensz tweaking her ankle in the first quarter.
Jensz did return to the court, but she went off again at the 10 minute mark of the second term and didn't return.
"We had to re-jig the whole team and tried a few different things," A grade coach, Liza Cook said.
"It was a great team effort, but there were a few things we didn't capitalise on," Cook said.
"It was simple skill errors throughout the match and Ararat kept fighting. It was very tough, physical game."
The A grade coach couldn't name any stand out players from Sunday's clash.
It was real team effort," Cook said.
Stawell Warriors netballers are through to the B grade grand final after a strong eight goal win over Warrack Eagles at Ararat last Sunday.
B grade trailed Warrack Eagles at quarter time by two goals and turned it around in the second term, shooting 10 goals to six.
"Warrack came out and set up a zone defence on us, a full court zone, which took us a little while to work out," Stawell B grade coach, Christine Graveson, said.
"After that, we plugged away. They threw a few challenges at us, but couldn't catch us and we fought to keep our lead."
Stawell extended the lead to six goals at the final change and eventually ran out 35-27 winners.
Defender Erin Freeland was best on court, while Jaiden Bach stood tall in attack, finishing with 19 goals.
Warriors now play Horsham Demons in tomorrow's grand final at Nhill.
Graveson said her side will be looking for a consistent four quarter effort tomorrow.
Stawell Warriors C grade netballers held off a fast-finishing Warrack Eagles outfit to advance into tomorrow's grand final at Nhill.
Stawell held a two goal lead at the main break, before an 11 goal to seven third term saw the margin blow out to six at the final change.
Warrack Eagles challenged in the fourth quarter, outscoring Stawell eight goals to five, however Warriors clung on to win 32-29.
Stawell C grade coach, Kristy Matthews said her team was lucky to hold onto win.
"It was little mistakes that cost us, but they (Stawell players) were able redeem themselves," she said.
Bethany Griffiths was named Stawell's best on court for her intercepts and pressure over the ball.
Laura Farrer was also a stand out after she started in defence and did a good job to keep Eagles goalies out of the ring.
Like their B grade counterparts, C grade Stawell Warriors take on Horsham Demons at Nhill tomorrow.
Stawell will also play Horsham Demons tomorrow in the 13 and under netball grand final at Nhill.
Warriors are coming off a well-earned one week break and face the Demons after they cruised past Horsham Saints in last Sunday's preliminary final 36-14.