It wouldn't be a Sunday in the football season without a TSLW Launceston win but the Blues were pushed to their limits by Glenorchy as they qualified for the grand final.
Squeezing out a 5.15 (45) to 4.5 (29) win, the undefeated Blues were kept goal-less in the last quarter as their opponents stormed home with three majors.
Coach Ange Dickson was left frustrated with the late fade but acknowledged the challenging win was a good thing for her side.
"We talk a lot within our club that we are beatable. We haven't had a team push us like that so far this year so to have that now, the talk between the girls is that the drive is there," she said.
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"We know we have to work extremely hard over the next two weeks to make sure that doesn't happen against whoever we face in the grand final but the main thing is we are there now."'
Dearne Taylor was a standout for the Blues, collecting plenty of the football especially throughout the first half as North Melbourne's Daria Bannister gave her all once again - piling on the pressure.
Young star Kelsie Hill is becoming a regular name within the side's best players, impressing Dickson again with her transition to senior football.
"We are really fortunate in this team that we do have so many up-and-comers coming through.
"Kelsie Hill was amazing in the one on ones, she won her own ball and she's playing against girls that have been playing for three years in the State League."
FULL TIME and the Blues are into the 2019 decider, running out 16-point winners against a fast finishing Glenorchy!— Bupa TSL (@TasStateLeague) September 8, 2019
🔵🔵 @LauncestonFC 5.15 (45)
Goals: B. Rattray 2, A. Green, C. Haines, D. Taylor
⚫️⚪️ @GDFCmagpies 4.5 (29)
Goals: S. Skinner 2, N. Daniels, H. Ryan pic.twitter.com/UG0cgTONAn
With both sides finding the wrong side of the sticks more often than the middle, Dickson has slight concerns over the goal-kicking worries that have slid into the Blues' game of late.
"Their defensive pressure was really good like we didn't have a lot of straight set shots that we missed - they were rushed shots that we missed.
"It's something that's kind of crept into our game. At training it's not there, it just seems to be game day so it is something we will look at.
"We are letting teams remain in the game. To have the amount of scoring shots that we did to their nine, the scoreboard shouldn't have been as close as what it was."
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