Nagambie had its finals campaign cut agonisingly short after losing its semi-final against Tallygaroopna on Sunday.
The Redlegs were determined to get the job done, and although the Lakers tried hard it just wasn’t their day and they went down by 16 goals.
Tallygaroopna was too good in attack, taking its chances and really working the Lakers’ defence.
Nagambie was unable to make up the lost ground in the final term, and eventually went down 52-36.
Nagambie is just one win away from completing a perfect season following its victory over Tallygaroopna on Saturday.
The Redlegs were impressive, and they gave it their all for a place in the grand final, but went down by two goals against the undefeated Lakers, 31-29.
Trish Sporle and Jackie Drayton were instrumental in defence for Nagambie in what was a tight and low-scoring affair.
The defensive duo kept the Tallygaroopna goalers quiet as the Lakers built a slender four-goal lead in the first quarter.
But the Redlegs made an incredible second-quarter fightback to see scores tied at the half-time break, 17-all.
In an even tighter second half when goals were hard to come by, Bec Comi and Sarah Winter-Irving made sure Nagambie converted its chances.
The Lakers edged away to a two-goal lead by three-quarter-time thanks to the consistent pressure of the Nagambie midcourters.
The teams went goal-for-goal until the last whistle, but the Lakers were able to walk away with a two-goal victory thanks to their great defensive pressure and ability to keep possession.
Nagambie will now face the winner of Tallygaroopna and Murchison-Toolamba, who face off in this week’s preliminary final.
Nagambie has one last chance to make it into the grand final after it lost by 11 goals to Violet Town on Saturday.
The Lakers began the game positively, and a tight first quarter inspired them to believe they could triumph over the Towners, but they couldn’t uphold the intensity for a full four quarters.
Accurate goaling, defensive pressure and a high work-rate in the midcourt kept Nagambie in the contest but Violet Town’s pressure eventually allowed it to gain momentum.
Tasman Taylor-Lloyd, Lucy Zotti and Maddison Biggs were named best on court for the Lakers.
Nagambie will now face Stanhope in a preliminary final for the right to take on the Towners on grand final day.
Nagambie was left stunned after it went down by 18 goals to Girgarre on Sunday.
Having lucked out as hosts of its own semi-final, Girgarre was eager to impress in front of its home crowd, and it certainly did that.
It was a disappointing end to the season for Nagambie, and while the Lakers put up a fight, they struggled to find and convert their opportunities, shooting just 28 goals for the game.
On the other hand, Girgarre found an extra level in its game and shot away to the 46-28 victory.
That’s the end of Nagambie’s finals campaign, while the Kangaroos will face Merrigum in next week’s preliminary final.