HARROW-BALMORAL has not lost a reserves home and away game in three years, but has continued to fail in finals after losing to Jeparit-Rainbow on Saturday.
The Storm earned another week off and a spot in the Horsham District league reserves grand final after defeating the Southern Roos by just one goal at Natimuk.
The Southern Roos started strong but inaccuracy in front of goal proved to be costly.
Harrow-Balmoral kicked 2.8 in the first term to keep the Storm in the game.
The Storm capitalised in the second term, kicking four goals to hold a slight lead at the long break.
The third quarter was a grind as both sides managed two goals to set up an enthralling final term.
Harrow-Balmoral was on the back foot early in the quarter, and trailed by two goals.
The Southern Roos then kicked two goals in quick succession to get back on top by a few points.
Jeparit-Rainbow then seized back momentum, scoring a vital goal which proved to be the decider.
Harrow-Balmoral pressed in the final five minutes of the game, looking to tie the match up, but the Storm’s defence held strong for a one-goal win.
Missed opportunities hurt the Southern Roos as the side lost 9.4 (58) to 7.10 (52).
It continues somewhat of a finals curse for Harrow-Balmoral, who has been eliminated in straight sets the past two seasons and faces the same prospect this season.
The Storm’s Tim Inkster finished with a game-high four goals.