Nagambie’s B-grade side kept their season alive with a thrilling come-from-behind elimination final victory against Violet Town.
The Lakers just sneaked over the line by one goal after leading by three at the final change.
Scores were locked on eight apiece at quarter-time, but the Lakers had slipped two goals behind the Towners by the main break.
Nagambie had plenty of opportunities in the opening half, but couldn’t capitalise in the ring with a number of missed shots on goal.
Coach Dee Thomson made some pivotal changes at half-time with a new pairing in the goal ring, and the moves paid off.
The Lakers were able to hit the lead mid-way through the third term, before surging late to hold a three-goal buffer at three-quarter time.
The Lakers stuck with the new combination in the final term, and while Violet Town made inroads on the margin, Nagambie held strong to record the 37-36 win.
Casey Drummond was dynamite for the Lakers and was recognised by the umpires as best on court.
Drummond offered plenty of drive through the midcourt and took countless intercepts that led to Laker goals.
Nagambie’s under-15 side was all-too impressive for Rushworth, downing the Tigers by 11 goals to win Saturday’s elimination final.
The Lakers started and finished strong, and Millee Thomson led the way.
The dynamic midcourter was impressive for her side, and was given best-on-court honours for her efforts.
Nagambie led the Tigers by seven goals at the start of the third quarter, but Rushworth weren’t ready to capitulate under the pressure of playing finals netball.
The Tigers pushed back and came to within three goals in the final quarter before the Lakers overwhelmed their opposition.
Nagambie kept going in to attack and building on its lead, running out 11-goal winners, 50-39.
Nagambie’s perennially successful netball sides were at it again in season 2017.
The Lakers’ A-grade, C-grade and under-17 sides all finished in the top two and therefore had week one of finals off.
The teams will play in a semi-final this Saturday for the chance to move straight through to this season’s grand final. However it won’t be the end of the road if they lose, with the sides given a second chance in the following week’s preliminary final.
A-grade will play Avenel, C-grade will play Tallygaroopna and the Lakers’ under-17 side will face off against Violet Town in this weekend’s semi-final.