This is all that decided the winners in the two Orange Netball Association division one semi-finals on Saturday.
Life Studio booked the first place in the grand final by edging out arch rivals Robin Hood 54-53 in an epic major semi-final battle.
Life Studio went out hard early and had a good lead but Robin Hood were able to come back and level things up.
When the final siren went it was Life Studio that finished on top.
It’s the second time this season Life Studio have beaten Robin Hood, who have won the last five division one premierships.
The two sides met in round three where they played an amazing game and Life Studio came out on top 56-54.
Saturday’s minor semi-final was just as thrilling between Royal Hawks and High A.
The noise of the crowd grew with each quarter as the two sides fought right to the final whistle.
Royal Hawks were able to come out on top 51-50 in an exciting match.
“That was an amazing game,” Royal Hawks captain Amanda Rouse smiled.
“We’ve worked very hard this season. It’s nice to win a big pressure game.”
There was no shortage of pressure in the minor semi-final with both teams knowing their season was on the line.
Royal Hawks started well to get a three-goal lead but High A were able to match them for the rest of the quarter.
Some tight defence forced both sides into errors but Royal Hawks were up 14-11 at the first break.
Hawks also started the second period well but High A finished off strong to close the gap to 26-24 by half-time.
The students seemed to get a bit excited in the third quarter and pushed a few passes.
Hawks were able to capitalise and were up 39-36 going into the final quarter.
The two sides traded goals in the final stanza, and if one side made a mistake, the other team made them pay.
Defence across the court from both sides was outstanding.
“Both teams played well. Both teams shot well,” High A coach Tegan Dray said.
“There were a lot of opportunities for both teams.
“It’s disappointing to lose, especially in such a tight result.”
Goal shooter Kirsten Zinga was on target for Royal Hawks and Rouse praised Kellie Watson (right) at wing defence.
“Her experience on court really helped,” Rouse said.
“She’s played in a few grand finals with Robin Hood, so she’s got that big-game experience.”
Dray was impressed with her entire team and said they would now focus on preparing for this week’s NSW Combined High Schools netball knockout final 16 series.
Hawks will have to prepare to take on Robin Hood in Saturday’s preliminary final.
“It will be just as tough,” Rouse said.