Nagambie booked a place in its third straight Kyabram District Netball League grand final with an 12-goal second semi-final victory against Avenel.
The Lakers led at every change in securing a comfortable 48-36 victory at Stanhope.
Playing coach Abby Misiti was delighted with her side’s performance against its arch rivals.
‘‘I was really proud of the girls’ efforts, we controlled most of the game even though the scores looked at a lot closer than what they were,’’ Misiti said.
‘‘Going in we wanted to play our game, focus on what we can do well and I think we did that.
‘‘Out fitness too in that final term was key.’’
Bianca Willis and Sharni Lloyd failed to capitalise midway through the third quarter as the Lakers only led by one at three-quarter-time, but the dynamic duo bounced back converting all bar one of their final quarter shots.
‘‘They missed a few early, but then they took control and just would not stop scoring, they were massive in that final quarter,’’ Misiti said.
The experienced Vikki Bester was also impressive in defence and Misiti was full of praise for the leader.
‘‘She was as solid as ever, her leadership, direction and attitude on the court is fantastic,’’ Misiti said.
It was the third time the two clubs have played each other this season and Saturday’s result swung the ascendancy in the Lakers’ favour.
They have the luxury of watching Avenel and Tallygaroopna clash in Saturday’s preliminary final.
‘‘We will go about our business as normal and we will do our research during the game on Saturday,’’ Misiti said.
‘‘To be honest, we probably didn’t expect to have as much success this season as we did last year, so there will be a bit fire in the belly for the girls who lost last year.’’
Meanwhile, Tallygaroopna proved too strong for Stanhope in yesterday’s first semi-final at Girgarre, winning 47-31 to earn a shot at the Swans.