NORADJUHA-QUANTONG kept its dream of three successive A Grade premierships alive in sensational fashion with a one-goal win over Natimuk on Sunday.
The Bombers drew on their vast finals experience to hold off the Ewes 35-34 at Quantong Recreation Reserve.
They are now one of three teams left standing along with Harrow-Balmoral and Edenhope-Apsley and will face the Roos in Saturday's preliminary final.
After finishing each of the past three seasons as minor premier in A Grade, Noradjuha-Quantong found the going slightly tougher this year. The team finished second on the ladder but suffered losses to Edenhope-Apsley, Harrow-Balmoral and Kalkee during the season.
The Bombers were beaten by seven goals in the qualifying final against the Roos and looked as if they were on their knees at times during Sunday's semi-final against the Ewes.
Natimuk clawed its way back from a seven-goal deficit early in the game to draw level with the Bombers several times.
The final quarter was a titanic struggle, with Noradjuha-Quantong never able to distance itself from Natimuk.
The Ewes turned it over repeatedly and had several chances to take the lead but could not find an avenue to goal.
Erin Anson stood out for the Bombers, who kept league-leading goal-shooter Kirby Knight to 28 for the day.
The frantic work at wing defence in the last quarter from Natimuk coach Cheryl Sudholz, who was named her side's best, almost won the game.
Noradjuha-Quantong netball director Kylee Walter said it was a special game for the Bombers to win in front of a home crowd.
"In the past few years our girls haven't been playing in an elimination match in the finals so to play this one on our new home courts was really special," she said.
"All the supporters were behind them and Natimuk has got a great following as well so it was extremely loud."
Walter said the side felt confident it could win its re-match against Harrow-Balmoral on Saturday after the Roos beat the Bombers in the first week of the finals.
Sudholz said her side was disappointed not to play at the weekend but could still be proud of what it achieved.
"It's still hard to believe that we lost by one goal," she said.
"Everyone gave a 200 per cent effort and there was no one that stopped fighting."