HORSHAM Saints managed to shake off a slow first quarter by beating Minyip-Murtoa by four points in the major semi-final.
While the Burras finished as minor premiers, the Saints won both encounters between the two teams during the home and away season.
The Burras got on top early, kicking the first goal before Horsham Saints player Oscar Crosgrove went down with a suspected broken leg.
Play stopped for about 10 minutes and Crosgrove was taken to hospital by ambulance.
The Burras managed other major for the quarter to go into the first break up by 10.
Minyip-Murtoa was again on top early in the second, kicking the first goal to push the margin out further.
But the Saints hit back with their first major of the afternoon, and the game was on.
Minutes later, a set shot from Saint Chris Harrison hit the deck close to the goal line, but Ryan Bird swooped to collect it and boot the Saints’ second.
The Burras still managed to keep their noses in front however, and were up 24-16 at the main break.
From there however the tables turned sharply in the third quarter.
The Saints booted three consecutive goals in the third and kept the Burras to three points, and took an eight-point lead into the final quarter.
Horsham Saints struck early on the scoreboard in the final quarter, but the Burras answered quickly to cut the margin.
Two minutes later they hit the scoreboard again through Clinton Midgely to remain in touching distance.
The Saints got it to a one-on-one about 20 metres out from goal, where Gavin Kelm attempted to kick the ball off the turf, but it sailed wide for a behind.
The Saints again had a chance to seal the match when Phillip Butsch has a set shot from about 45 metres out late in the fourth. It looked like it might go the distance, but just fell short and was punched over for a behind.
The Burras surged late in the quarter and had their chances. They had one final roll of the dice down the wing as the siren sounded, sealing a four-point win to the Saints.
They are through to the grand final at Warracknabeal and will now get a week off.