North Albury coach Fiona Boyer says her players have already forgotten the lost opportunity of missing the top three.
The Hoppers went into the final round needing to topple sixth-placed Corowa-Rutherglen to seal the double chance, but the Roos claimed the win.
It meant North will now face fierce rivals Albury in Sunday’s elimination final.
“I don’t think we’ve focused too much on what’s gone on in the home and away season going into finals, we’ll take a fresh approach,” Boyer said.
“I think the beauty of having such a group of young girls is what you lose in experience, you gain in enthusiasm, commitment and tenacity to take on finals and have a real crack.”
Albury stunned the Hoppers 42-35 on Anzac Day, producing a stellar team effort.
The Hoppers then snared the round 13 match, charging home in the final term to post a 41-38 thriller.
The visitors restricted Albury to only six goals in the final stanza, scoring 13 themselves.
Grace Senior fired 34 goals, with Nakita Singe and Elyse Boyer starring.
Justine Willis and Gabe McRae were the Tigers’ best, while Sarah Moore landed 22 goals.
Moore retired a week later with a knee injury.
“You always consider the match-ups that you had during the year and know the ones that have been successful for you,” Boyer said on Albury’s strengths.
Corowa’s John Foord Oval will host the match, with the winner to face the loser of Wangaratta-Yarrawonga.
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