Finals are when the best bowlers should come out to play and Shepparton Park and Tallygaroopna exemplified that at Kyabram.
The two leading division two teams played out a 88-all draw before heading to a spectacular extra end.
While some players who had contested earlier finishing rinks had packed up, there was a mad rush to return to the greens with a prized grand final position at stake.
After the tense extra end, Shepparton Park came out on top 7-2 to book a spot in the decider, while Tallygaroopna will be forced to win through to a rematch the hard way.
Ray Hill’s rink produced the performance that kept the Parkers in the game, securing a 13-shot victory against Terry Lea-Whyte.
But Tally’s Tony Bice had his rink falling well in his favour with a stirling 11-shot defeat of Gavin Flanagan.
As the remainder of the rinks could have gone either way, play was all square at the finish of 100 ends, resulting in one of the most memorable finals.
Meanwhile, Shepparton Golf and Mooroopna were contesting their own gritty match at Stanhope, as not much separated either team in the knockout final.
Contributions across the rinks resulted in Golf’s 16-95 to 2-86 win, with Roy Brown’s seven-shot win the biggest margin of the day.
Wayne Gribble and Robert Betson exuded class, while Bruce Anselmi was Mooroopna’s only skip to prevail in a tight encounter.
With Golf building plenty of confidence from this win, Tallygaroopna has its work cut out to avoid exiting in straight sets.
Action was just as captivating in division three with the previously undefeated Seymour VRI pushed off its mantle against Mooroopna Golf.
Golf conceded just one rink against the competition’s best side, as Bill Malins and Bruce Lorains put in huge performances, while Graeme McIntyre’s rink contributed a three-shot victory.
While Shepparton Park won a nail-biter in division two, the same result did not befall the division three side.
Park fell a single shot short of East Shepparton, which took the game 88 to 87.
Park’s Rob Matthews was a comprehensive victor for his side in the only rink the Parkers prevailed in, while Ron Bartley and his team were in scintillating form.
David Downs and Alan Taylor also chimed in with one-shot wins to push East over the line.
Dookie will feature in the division four grand final after having no trouble accounting for Shepparton Park.
With a clean sweep of all rinks resulting in an 117 to 64 win, Dookie is brimming with belief as it enjoys a week off.
In division five, Hill Top and Nagambie will play off in the semi-finals after the Hillbillies overcame Colbinabbin, while the Lakers clinched a tight contest against Tallygaroopna.
Seymour and Stanhope will also vie for a position in the decider after clinching stirring wins.
A spot in the division six grand final has been filled by Seymour, who pipped Kyabram, leaving Kyabram to fight for a spot in the big dance against East Shepparton.