BY NATHAN DOLE
BEATEN just once this A-grade netball season, Lake Boga will start favourite against Swan Hill in the Central Murray FNL’s second semi-final on Saturday.
The Magpies and Swans will clash at Balranald’s Greenham Park from 2.40pm.
As Lake Boga had a rest last weekend courtesy of finishing on top of the ladder, Swan Hill scored a 51-40 win against Woorinen in the qualifying final.
Only meeting between Lake Boga and Swan Hill this season was in the 10th round were the Magpies won a great match, 48-45 at Swan Hill’s Alan Garden Reserve.
On Sunday it will be Woorinen against Mallee Eagles in the first semi-final at Barham from 2.40pm.
The Woorinen Tigers are on the rebound from an 11-goal loss to Swan Hill in the qualifying final.
Mallee Eagles soared to a 50-43 victory to put Balranald out of the premiership race.
In round 10, Woorinen marked the trek to Lalbert by scoring a 67-50 win against the Eagles.
In the A-reserve competition, Mallee Eagles face Lake Boga in Saturday’s second semi at Balranald at 1.15pm.
The Magpies from Lake Boga advanced to the second semi after a 63-38 win against Woorinen in the qualifying final.
This season’s meetings between the Eagles and Magpies went Mallee’s way both times.
The Eagles won 38-35 at Lalbert in round one, and 56-50 in the 13th round at Lake Boga Sports Club.
Woorinen now takes on Balranald in the first semi at Barham from 1.15pm.
The Kangaroos fought on for a 48-44 victory against Swan Hill in the elimination final.
Woorinen beat the Roos by 11 goals in round three and by 15 in the 14th round on the Tigers’ court.
In B-grade it will be Woorinen against Nyah Nyah West United in the second semi from 11.50am on Saturday.
The NNWU Demons fired up for a 28-25 win against Koondrook Barham in the qualifying final.
Only meeting between the second semi-finalists was in the 11th round where Woorinen won 41-31 at home.
On Sunday, Koondrook Barham fights to keep its season alive against Swan Hill.
The Swans won the elimination final against Mallee Eagles by seven goals.
In round nine, the River Raiders marked a 46-42 victory against the Swans at Barham.
Koondrook Barham takes on Swan Hill in the B-reserve second semi-final from 1.15pm at Balranald on Saturday.
The Swans earned a shot at the minor premier after a 43-31 victory against Balranald in the qualifying final.
In round nine, Koondrook Barham won an exciting duel with the Swans, 38-35.
Balranald meets Kerang in Sunday’s elimination final.
The Blues netted a 37-33 win against Cohuna to put the Kangas out of the premiership race.
It’s one-all in this season’s meetings between Balranald and Kerang.
The Roos won 47-36 at Kerang’s Riverside Park in the sixth round, and the Blues claimed a 42-39 win at Greenham Park in the 17th round.
Tyntynder takes on Cohuna in the 18-under second semi at 10.25am.
In round 10 the Bulldogs won 55-37 on Cohuna’s court.
The Cohuna Kangas began their finals campaign by scoring a 49-45 victory against Mallee Eagles in the qualifying final.
Mallee takes on Swan Hill in the first semi.
The Swans won the elimination final against Woorinen by 12 goals.
This season’s meetings between the Eagles and Swans stand at one-all.
Swan Hill won 45-34 at Lalbert in round three, and the Eagles claimed an 11-goal victory in the 14th round on the Swans’ court.
It will be the Tigers against the Blues as Woorinen plays Kerang in the 16-under second semi from 9am on Saturday at Balranald.
Woorinen beat the Blues by margins of 11 and three goals in the run to the finals.
Kerang beat Tooleybuc Manangatang by a goal in the qualifying final.
On Sunday the Saints from Tooleybuc Manangatang take on Cohuna.
It was a confident start to Cohuna’s finals campaign as it won the elimination final against Lake Boga by 21 goals.
The Kangas won at Tooleybuc in the sixth round by two goals and then claimed a 43-38 win against the Saints in the 17th round at Cohuna.
Mallee Eagles will play Tyntynder in the 14-under second semi at 10.25am on Saturday.
Only meeting between the Eagles and Bulldogs this season was the eighth round where Mallee won 29-22 on the Lalbert court.
Tyntynder scored a 30-23 win against Lake Boga in the qualifying final.
On Sunday it will be Lake Boga or Woorinen whose season will be ended.
The Magpies and Tigers will clash from 10.25am.
Woorinen faced a must-win scenario in last Sunday’s elimination final against Koondrook Barham and marked a 38-21 victory.
Lake Boga beat Woorinen, 33-11 in the sixth round, and then fought for an 18-17 victory in the 17th round on the Tigers’ court.