BUNINYONG 14.11 (95) defeated WAUBRA 11.12 (78)
BUNINYONG has earned its crack at redemption.
The Bombers marched on to back-to-back Central Highlands Football League grand final appearances with a 17-point win over Waubra on Saturday.
They will meet Hepburn in next weekend's decider after the Burras thumped Bungaree by 55 points in yesterday's second preliminary final.
Buninyong has long had eyes on atoning for its defeat in last year's grand final at the hands of Daylesford, and now gets its chance.
Senior coach Joe Gilbert has worked hard to keep the squad together and will be doing everything in his power to bring the premiership cup home to Buninyong for the first time since 2002.
"It's great to be in this position again. It's what you play footy for. Every single one of these players, plus a few unlucky blokes in the twos, since last year have been doing everything they can to get themselves right for this year. Everyone is rapt, the whole team. It's a good feeling, a good vibe," Gilbert said.
"The amount of work that goes into it to get to where we are now is just unbelievable. There's a lot of people who will be fairly happy. A lot of people are part of it."
Buninyong, the minor premiers, will take on a Hepburn side that finished the home and away season fourth and is hunting its first flag since 2010.
The Burras are the only team to have beaten the Bombers this year, doing so in the qualifying final just a couple of weeks ago.
Buninyong will have three football teams in grand finals, including the under-17.5 and under-14.5 sides.
Meanwhile, Springbank and Dunnstown will fight out the A-grade netball crown.
The Tigers and Towners won through respective preliminary finals against Hepburn and Waubra to book their place in the decider.