Shepparton United recorded its second win against Kyabram in as many weeks after defeating Kyabram by 14 points on Saturday.
The under-18 Demons have been boosted by the return of a number of young guns who have been playing Goulburn Valley League senior football for most of the year.
United won the under-18 clash at Deakin Reserve by 32 points, but the qualifying final encounter was much closer.
After leading by a point at three-quarter time, the Demons had the better of the final term to prevail 10.12 (72) to 8.10 (58).
Jack Norman, who has played 16 senior games this year, starred with three goals in a best-on-ground performance.
Jack Caia, Mitch McGrath, Luke Fairless, Sam McInneny and Aaron Britten also played important roles in the victory.
Kyabram’s best were Malcolm Hedges, Curtis Ryan, Nicholas Darling, Will McDonell and Billy McLay.
●Shepparton will play United in a second semi-final this Saturday after smashing Tatura by 57 points in an elimination final.
The Bears dominated from the start and eventually ran out winners 13.11 (89) to 4.8 (32).
Josh Larkin (three goals), Tyler Bell, Spencer Small, Hugo Ingham, Blair Fraser (four goals) and Lachlan Ash led by example for the Bears.
The Dogs’ frontrunners were Adrian Moor, Matthew Lange Richards, Mason Farley, Jayden Armstrong and Callum Minutoli.
●Rochester held off a fierce challenge from Benalla, with the Tigers winning their elimination final by 11 points.
The Tigers led by 19 points at the main break before the Saints tied the game up by three-quarter time.
Two goals in the final quarter to Rochester was enough to win 8.7 (55) to 6.8 (44) and book a date with Kyabram in a first semi-final.
Charles Ward, Matthew Kellett, Jacob Atley, Dylan Oaff, Harrison McPhee and Josh Flight (three goals) were standouts for the Tigers, as were Patrick Warner, Riley Johnson, Jamie Dunne (four goals), Marcus O’Brien and Perry Knox for Benalla.