REPORT: PENOLA reserves will join their A grade side in the grand final after a heart-stopping two-point preliminary final win over Mundulla.
It was a game of two halves at Padthaway, one not decided until after the final siren.
In a frenetic final quarter it was Mundulla ruckman Josh Hunt who marked a long kick at the hotspot, his team trailing by just three points.
The siren echoed as he was walking back to take his kick; sadly for Mundulla his shot slid just to the right and Penola held on for a thrilling win.
The end of the game was a stark contrast from the first half, with Penola well in control.
The Eagles were appreciating a drier day than their previous encounter with their Tatiara-based opponents.
All the running was towards Penola's end and they were first to score through Dylan Walker from beyond 50.
Andrew Hills slotted another and the blue and white machine was up and running.
Mundulla were unlucky with a couple of shots marked on the line but could only manage two behinds for the quarter.
Karl Ransom ran into an open goal to end the quarter on a high for Penola as they led 3.0 (18) to 0.2 (2).
Shaun Minge goaled at the restart with Penola well on top, while Mundulla just couldn't get the ball forward.
Ransom goaled again after a fierce tackle earnt him a holding the ball free and then Josh Gale slotted one from well out to end the half with Penola right on top.
Mundulla only managed two more behinds for the quarter with the scores 6.2 (38) to 0.4 (4).
It looked like more of the same at the start of the third when Marcus Devereaux ran into an open goal for Penola's seventh and the fat lady was warming up her voice.
But from then on, Penola didn't kick a goal and Mundulla started their charge.
Two goals to Travis Horne and one apiece to Brad Milligan and Trent Anderson woke up the Moot crowd and all of a sudden the margin was back to less than three goals at three quarter time.
A fairytale finish was on the cards when Horne notched his hat-trick early in the last and it was Penola now struggling to get it forward.
Tim Leach marked and goaled to amazingly bring the game back to four points. Cue the desperate final minutes.
Deep into the last with the siren moments away, Hunt took the pack mark about 25m out and had his game-deciding shot.
Penola arms were thrown to the sky in relief and elation with the win as the final scores read 7.5 (47) to 6.9 (45).
Best for Penola were key defender Josh Doyle, Conan Deveraux and Josh Gale while Mundulla's top three was Nathan Milligan, Henry Graetz and Luke Kennett.
Penola now play Naracoorte in the grand final at Lucindale this weekend.