Thomson coach Terry Corry praised his side’s performance to hold off a brave Corio effort to book a spot in the grand final against Werribee this weekend.
The Tigers got off to a fast start and held their nerve in the first half, holding an eight-goal advantage at halftime before the Devils managed to scrap their way back into the contest, lowering the margin to four goals at the final break.
But the veteran Tigers led by Margaret Webb medallist Shannyn Leach and shooter Errin Lang were able to pull away from the brave Devils and finished with a 56-49 win.
Lang was dominant on the offensive end, finishing with 32 goals whilst Corio’s Cassidy Stewart matched her with 32 of her own.
“It’s obviously amazing to have a place in the grand final, we’ve worked really hard this season and the girls deserve it,” Corry said post-match.
Corry attributed Thomson’s terrific opening quarter as the reason his team got over the line. He said his team had a lot of work to do but was up for the challenge against Werribee.
“We have to do a lot (to beat Werribee) but like I’ve said all year, any team on their day can win it all so I’m confident the girls can do the job,” he said.
Corio coach Bridget Burns said she knew it was going to be a big ask against the Tigers, but praised her side for their season.
“We made some critical turnovers at some critical moments and that’s when momentum swung,” she said.
“People respect us now and it hasn’t been like that for a long time, so it’s great for the club,” Burns said.
She also said she is unsure if she would return next year.
“I have a few personal things I need to work out, but I do love the club and the girls are amazing,” she said.