OAKLEIGH Krushers earned a place in the VAFA Premier B under-18s grand final on Saturday.
In the second semi-final at St Bernard's College, the Krushers had to lift in the final term to overcome Werribee in a tight encounter that had Werribee hold a narrow lead at each change.
The Krushers trailed by a point at the first break as both sides traded goals and but for some wayward kicking in front of goal may well have held the advantage at the main change rather than being three points down.
Honours were split in the third term and the margin stayed at three points.
The last quarter, however, was a different story with Oakleigh opening up and piling on four goals, seven behinds to just four points from Werribee
to seal an impressive win.
The seniors finished a disappointing season on an equally disappointing note as injuries again hobbled the team.
Facing finals contender Old Melburnians at the Junction Oval, the Krushers needed a miracle to get over the line but as the injury count grew it became obvious it wasn't going to be the Krushers' day.
The home side cruised to a 81-point win.
■ Oakleigh Chargers kept their TAC Cup season alive with a 21-point win over Calder Cannons in an elimination semi-final at Visy Park, Carlton yesterday. The Chargers won 18.11 (119) to Calder Cannons 14.14 (98). They face Dandenong Stingrays in an elimination semi-final at Visy Park at 1.45pm this Sunday.