Glenelg will play in its first Statewide Super Women’s League Grand Final after upsetting minor-premier Norwood by 23 points at Coopers Stadium.
After conceding the first goal of the Second Semi-Final to Redleg Erika Sporn, the Bays hit back through Crows-listed Caitlin Gould five minutes before half-time.
Just three behinds were scored in the third term before the Tigers exploded in the final term, firstly through Meara Girvan who goaled less than three minutes after the final change.
Glenelg’s Caitlyn Swanson put the result beyond doubt when she opened up a 17-point advantage with a clever checkside snap from 15m.
And by the time Jessica Searle saluted with just 25 seconds left on the clock, the Tigers were already planning for the SANFLW title-decider.
Gould and fellow star Crow Ebony Marinoff were the only two players on the field to surpass 20 disposals while Glenelg captain Ellie Kellock was tenacious with her 16 possessions and six tackles.
Norwood veteran Leah Cutting battled hard for 16 disposals and six tackles while Najwa Allen collected 14 and six tackles as the Redlegs were forced to use their double chance in the major round.
West Adelaide’s Mel Elsegood was the hero as the Bloods secured a last gasp four-point victory against South Adelaide in the First Semi-Final at Coopers Stadium.
Trailing by two points in the dying stages of the fourth quarter, West booked a berth against Norwood in next Saturday’s Preliminary Final when Elsegood managed to snap truly amid a huge pack of players 15m out.
The Bloods had been desperately sending the ball deep inside 50m throughout the final 10 minutes of the match, trying to reclaim the lead after South’s Jordann Hickey goaled in the seventh minute.
Star 15-year-old Lauren Young collected a team-high 20 disposals, six tackles and three clearances for West while Zoe Venning (18 disposals) and captain Bec Owen (17 disposals) also had strong influences.
South’s Lisa Whiteley tallied 16 disposals and seven tackles while Nicole Campbell had 12 for the Panthers, including the goal assist for Hickey’s second major.
The dramatic result was a bitter blow for last year’s runner-up, who had its season ended with Elsegood’s miracle snap.
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