HORSHAM RSL Diggers are shaping up to be a dark horse in this year's Wimmera Netball Association A Grade finals series.
The Diggers knocked off the highly-fancied Warrack Eagles 45-36 in Sunday's elimination final at Horsham City Oval.
The victory sets up an exciting first semi-final clash with Stawell at Dimboola Recreation Reserve on Sunday. Warrack Eagles led 19-18 at the main break before an impressive fightback from the Diggers in the second half.
Chris O'Connell's charges outscored the Eagles 14-10 in the third term before running away with the match with a 13-7 final quarter.
O'Connell praised the efforts of attacking pair Caitlin Story and Sharon Fedke, who took their games to another level after half-time.
"They only missed two goals each in the second half," she said.
"The girls outside the ring worked the ball to them so well, so it was a really good team effort."
Story scored a game-high 25 goals and Fedke shot 20 to help the Diggers eliminate the Eagles.
Ema Iredell also played an important role in negating opposition goal shooter Megan Hewitt, while Alysha Liston starred at wing defence.
Centre-court player Sarah Spicer continued her consistent season for the Eagles, with goal keeper Kerry Schultz also among the best.
Stawell coach Liza Cook expects the Diggers to be a tough mountain to climb in the semi-finals.
"We knocked them out of the finals race a couple of years ago so they'll be looking for revenge," she said.
"We're going to have to play our best game and show up for four quarters."