MOAMA coach Charlotte Long wasn’t as relieved as she thought she would be after the game against Tongala on Saturday.
But she was glad to have secured a place in the big dance in two weeks time having worked hard for it all season.
And she said there was still plenty of excitement which will only build around the club in the weeks leading up.
‘‘We can’t wait for, it’s going to be exciting,’’ she said.
‘‘The girls’ reactions were all very positive, especially with the way we played (on Saturday).’’
Long said the Mowers hit their goals and turned out a great game in the end for their supporters which was what they wanted to achieve going into it.
‘‘The energy and positiveness we have amongst our whole team and the crowd around us was really encouraging,’’ she said.
‘‘Mostly because of the way we played and the way we held our heads.
‘‘That’s what is going to win it in the end for us.
‘‘I don’t think we’ll be worrying about who we’re going to be playing come the grand final, it’s up to us now to whether we win or lose.’’
BLUES’ coach Alicia White was confident her team will bounce back for the preliminary final this weekend after letting Moama get away from them at the weekend.
She said Saturday’s loss definitely gave them more motivation for the coming game.
‘‘We should have Abby and Sarah Pettifer back (this weekend),’’ she said.
‘‘We missed the direction on court which both Abby and Sarah bring, and not having the variation and ability to change things up made it difficult.
‘‘We didn’t have anyone to sub in and out, where as they will give us more versatility in both A and B grade.’’
White wasn’t concerned with whom Tongala would be playing in the preliminary final with all teams in the top four this season being evenly matched.
‘‘We’re going to put our best foot forward no matter who we play,’’ she said.
‘‘We have the experience within our team to take that next step and at the end of the day we want to be in that grand final — we’re hungry for it.
‘‘We can put down Saturday’s game as one to learn from under the circumstances and go from there.’’