Bomaderry's move into the Shoalhaven Football Association's first grade grand final was on the back of a tough and determined effort.
The Tigers yesterday (Saturday, September 14) played St Georges Basin at Ison Park, South Nowra for the right to play Vincentia/Huskisson in the grand final on Saturday, September 21.
The Tigers' 2-1 come from behind win was heart-breaking for the Basin players and its legion of fans.
The Red and Whites played a brilliant brand of football and fully deserved its 1-nil lead at the halftime break.
A first-half goal to Tyrone Nye-Williams had the Basin fans in raptures and thinking 'this could be our year'.
The seasoned and experienced Tigers, however, had different ideas.
Bomaderry took control in the second half and will go into next Saturday's grand final full of confidence.
Goals to Sam Baxter and the dangerous Brendan Kellett got the Tigers over the line.
Preliminary finals day just would not be the same without a bit of extra time drama - enter Shoalhaven United and St Georges Basin in the reserve grade contest yesterday (Saturday, September 14).
The score was locked at 1-all at fulltime and the teams had to slug it out in extra time.
The fans got behind their teams and the players, even though their tanks were on empty, pushed on.
The Bears, thanks to a Shane Button goal early in extra time, recorded a 2-1 win.
United will now play Vincentia/Huskisson in the reserve grade grand final on Saturday, September 21.
Basin looked good early on in the piece, particularly after Jordan Reid's goal at the 23-minute mark.
United, however, levelled the score at 1-all when Ryan Rigg found the back of the net after 32 minutes of play.
Neither side, despite their best efforts, could score a vital goal to break the deadlock and avoid extra time.
Manyana had to dig deep to earn its spot in next Saturday's grand final.
Manyana played Culburra yesterday (Saturday, September 14) at Ison Park, South Nowra for the right to play Vincentia/Huskisson in the grand final on Saturday, September 21.
The Wanderers played and defeated a determined Culburra 1-nil in what was a strong effort.
A first half goal to Andrew Hallett helped Manyana book its grand final spot.