WODONGA has its eyes on a grand final spot and a rematch with Lavington after a come from behind win on Saturday.
The Bulldogs trailed by three at the main break but a dominant third quarter gave them a six-goal buffer over Yarrawonga before extending the lead to seven at full-time.
Coach Kelli Moylan paid tribute to her team’s defence and the ability to shutdown Yarrawonga’s goalscoring ace Bridget Cassar in the 56-49 win.
“I don’t think Cassar missed in the first half and that was the difference,” she said.
“Our defenders started to get on top and for the most part kept her out of the game.
“That really was the key — once our defenders were on top we controlled our own destiny.”
Moylan said Liona Edwards was outstanding in attack.
The seven-point win gives Wodonga the chance for a rematch with Lavington for a spot in the grand final.
“We need to rethink our game plan for Lavington,” Moylan said.
“We were disappointed to give up top spot when we were beaten by three goals in the last game of the season against them but we learnt a lot from that game.
“But what worked on Saturday won’t be the key to Lavington.
“They are tall defensively and we’ll need to find ways to our shooters.
“But it was always our aim to get another crack at Lavington so we are looking forward to next week.”
At McNamara Reserve yesterday North Albury turned in one of its best defensive efforts of the season to edge out Wangaratta Rovers 31-30 in a thrilling elimination final.
Although the Hoppers narrowly led throughout the cut-throat final, it took strong performances from defenders Eloise Maddox and Sarah-Jane Farrell to hold their fierce rivals at bay.
Sophie Robertson also held her nerve under pressure to shoot vital goals.
Coach Fiona Boyer was delighted to advance to the first semi-final against Yarrawonga.
“It’s always different conditions coming into finals with the change in weather and everyone played with a really good intensity today,” Boyer said.
“We played a strong defensive game over the court.
“It was a very even performance.
“We got off to a good start and gave ourselves a few goals buffer early in the first quarter but after that it closed up and we had to fight until the end.”