The North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos have won their first final, progressing to the next round with a thrilling two-point win over Collingwood.
The fondly named "premiership quarter" proved to be the difference for the Kangaroos, hauling back the lead from which they were never headed in the 5.4 (34) to 5.2 (32) win at Ikon Park
The two sides traded blows in a tense final term, with Roo Sophie Abbatangelo surprising herself by nailing a low snap from the boundary before Jordan Membrey – who is yet to kick a behind in 10 attempts – coolly converted.
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The Pies peppered their forward 50 in the frantic dying minutes, Jaimee Lambert missing a hurried snap, Chloe Molloy's set shot falling short before former Magpie Jasmine Garner stood tall with a contested mark.
North had made much of the early running, scything through the middle of the ground with pinpoint passes and controlled hands.
For all the Roos' dominance, they took only a one-point lead into the first break after Vivien Saad was pinned for a throw and Membrey converted from point-blank range.
Collingwood came out firing after the first break, winning the ball and not wasting its opportunities. Quick entries inside 50 put a shaky North defence under pressure, and the Pies' three goals were kicked with alarming regularity, taking a 10-point lead into half-time.
The third term belonged to the Roos, only conceding three inside 50s and holding the Pies scoreless. Sarah Wright took advantage of a 50-metre penalty before a composed Ellie Gavalas converted from 40 metres on the three-quarter time siren.
North skipper Emma Kearney was influential with four inside 50s, Garner had some strong moments with her marking a particular highlight, while Ash Riddell (22) was tireless.
For the Pies, Britt Bonnici (20 and five inside 50s) was damaging throughout the game, captain Steph Chiocci shone on the wing and Molloy played intelligently, floating back whenever she was needed.
NORTH MELBOURNE 1.1 2.3 4.4 5.4 (34)
COLLINGWOOD 1.0 4.1 4.1 5.2 (32)
North Melbourne: Bateman, Ashmore, Wright, Gavalas, Abbatangelo
Collingwood: Membrey 2, Cann, Molloy, D'Arcy
North Melbourne: Kearney, Riddell, Garner, Gavalas, Grierson, Ashmore
Collingwood: Bonnici, Lambert, Chiocci, Molloy, Davey, Layton
North Melbourne: Nil