WITH 15 rounds of hockey and two rounds of finals over, the Naracoorte and District Hockey Association grand final day arrives on Saturday.
So put on your best fancy dress and war paint and support your team.
Grand final presentations for the juniors (U/13s and U/16s) will be held after the U/16 game; and seniors will be done after the men's game. Playing times are the same as the previous two weeks.
The second round of finals was held at Edenhope on the turf on a warm day, but great weather for spectators. The car park was full at the Edenhope College.
Greenbottles def Dartmoor 2-0. Goals: GB Liam Arnold, Fletcher Tully. Best: GB Daniel Ker, Byron Haese, Joe Ellis (goalie); Darts Lachy Garrigan, David Dow, Grant Aylesbury.
With a spot in the grand final up for grabs, Dartmoor and Greenbottles faced off on the turf in the first match of the day.
Midfielders for both teams came out hard and the game was in the balance for most of the first half until Liam Arnold was moved up from fullback and took a rare opportunity to drive the ball down into the Greenbottles' attack.
Dartmoor defenders Grant Aylesbury and Jack Thomson managed to dispossess Liam, only to be dispossessed in turn by Sammy Smith, knocking it forward again to allow Liam to score a goal, putting Greens up by one.
Dartmoor started the second half with determination, getting into attack from the first whistle, managing a couple of very close shots on goal, one of which hit the post and deflected out of range past waiting Darts attackers.
Greens defenders held their ground with Byron Haese setting the example, eventually working the ball back into their own attack, earning a penalty corner from some great teamwork.
Fletcher Tully received the ball on the penalty corner and scored from a hard, direct shot at goal.
Dartmoor attempted to return fire with a combination of passes from Jess Thomson and Lucy Sharman managing to get the ball to Lachy Garrigan on the fly who got himself in a position to take on the Greens goalie, Joe Ellis, one on one.
Lachy cracked the ball from just inside the circle, but was foiled in his efforts by the goalie managing to save the shot and clear.
Dartmoor never gave up at any stage of the game, but it was Greenbottles who managed to fight their way into the grand final.
K/L Rangers def Greenbottles 5-4. Goals: K/L Rangers Tyler Whitehead 5; GB Levi Motteram 2, Cameron Harper, Brodi Pearce. Best: K/L Rangers Zak Farrell, Tori O'Bryan, Tyler Whitehead; GB Brodi Pearce, Levi Motteram, Corey Haese.
In what was not going to be a walk in the park, K/L Rangers and GB both came out to play a good hard game.
Each team started with two on the sideline and due to the warm weather, rotation played a key role in the battle that was to follow.
As the whistle sung, it was evident that K/L Rangers intended to show no remorse, scoring two quick goals.
Hardening their resolve, GB brought their heads together and fought hard to put a score on the card, exposing a critical weakness in Rangers defence.
After half time, and another goal from Tyler, GB persisted to score another goal against K/L Rangers, narrowing the margin to 2-4.
By this point, K/L was under the false impression that they had the game won.
Though GB were down and in imminent danger of losing the game completely, determination and work rate kept them from losing their focus.
With five minutes remaining, GB generated some momentum, scoring two very quick goals against K/L Rangers, making the score 4-4.
Time was called with the game all tied up, and five-minute ends were allocated.
K/L desperately wanted to win, Tyler starting with the ball skilfully controlling it straight into the goals, giving the Rangers the win they had fought hard to secure.
Thanks to GB coaches Chelsea Dahlenburg and Tori Ghezzi for their great sportsmanship (not only to their own team, but the opposition as well throughout the season), good to see that GB have improved so much throughout the year.
Dartmoor drew West Wimmera Brolgas 2-2. Goals: Darts John Sadler, Michael Hutchesson; WWB David Smith 2. Best: Darts John Sadler, Jim Robertson, Matt Garrigan; WWB Matt Waugh, David Smith, Craig Smith.
Both teams came out hard from the start hoping to gain an early advantage. Brolgas were the first to score with a strong push forward putting Darts on the defensive.
Before the first half was over Brolgas would once again slip past the Darts defence to go 2-0 up into the second half.
The tempo of the second half was just as high as in the first half as both teams wanted the win.
The first goal of the second half was scored by John Sadler on a penalty flick. This seemed to fire up the Darts players as a short time later a second goal was scored on a short.
For the remainder of the second half neither team was able to score. This resulted in extra time being required.
Unfortunately neither team was able to score a goal - resulting in the highest placed team moving on to the grand final.
Bad luck to the Brolgas who have had an excellent season this year and should hold their heads high; and yahoo to Dartmoor who go into the grand final.
Dartmoor def Greenbottles 3-2. Goals: Darts Rebecca Cock 2, Skylea McLean; GB Celia Scott, Adele Murray. Best: Darts Annie Charlton, Zoe Attwood, Sam Thomson; GB Liam Arnold (goalie), Danielle Pedroja, Eloise Zanonni.
It was very warm conditions for hockey (after playing in muddy conditions for the past two weeks) and both teams were feeling it.
Darts got off to a flying start with a quick goal and maybe GB were thinking "how many are they going to win by", but to Greens credit they fought very hard and were never out of the game.
The score was 2-1 Darts way at half time. Both teams were slowing down due to the heat but never gave up the fight.
Greens' little U/13 goalie Liam Arnold played a fantastic game stopping many shots on goal from the fast-paced Dartmoor attackers.
Greens got the equaliser late in the second half but Darts replied quickly to take out the win. Well done to everyone.
Grand final - Saturday at Naracoorte.
Canteen - open-1.30pm Redlegs, 1.30pm til close Dartmoor, write-ups - winners of each game.
U/13 at 10.45am - West Wimmera Brolgas v Greenbottles (umpires Richie Kirkland and Kelly Gale).
U/16 at noon - Redlegs v K/L Rangers (umpires Matt Waugh and Ben Thomson).
Women at 1.30pm - Redlegs v Dartmoor (umpires Kenn Jardine and Jenny Duggan).
Men at 3pm - Greenbottles v Dartmoor (umpires Andrew Doecke and Brett Rumball).
For up to date information and draw times check the website www.naracoortehockey.com.au.