Three second-half goals from Mt Barker helped them progress through to the Lower Great Southern Hockey Association women’s A-grade grand final after prevailing over Manypeaks in Sunday’s preliminary final in Mt Barker.
Mt Barker finished the regular season on top of the ladder and were straight through to the grand final but Peaks played two ineligible players against North Albany in the final round of the normal season.
The points were stripped from Peaks and given to North Albany, resulting in the Redbacks being bumped up to top spot and progressing directly into the decider.
Having been forced to play in the preliminary final, Mt Barker’s second half was the difference.
At half-time scores were level at 2-2 but the home side would be the only team to score in the second half despite Peaks having a number of opportunities.
Mt Barker went 4-2 up before Peaks took off their goalie with six minutes left to roll the dice with an extra player in attack.
The home side netted the final goal of the game to record the 5-2 victory and secure their spot in the grand final.
Amy Sandilands scored a brace in the win while Laura Archer, Taya Pearson and Zali Spencer also found the back of the net for Mt Barker.
Jess McPartland was strong in the win along with Sandilands and Archer.
Charlotte Edwards and Alice Lydiate netted Peaks’ goals in the first half while Emma Pyle, Javana Hounsfield and Emma Wilson all battled hard in defeat as they were unable to convert their chances.
Mt Barker will face North Albany for the women’s title this Saturday.