Miners advance to prelim final

THE Keech Australia Fighting Miners dream of a premiership three-peat is still in tact after winning through the Victorian Rugby Union Division 2 preliminary final. 

The Miners defeated Monash University in last week's elimination semi-final, winning 31 to 22. 

Full-back Phil Keech starred for Bendigo, scoring three tries. 

Miners coach Allan Saville said he was confident his team would rise to the challenge. 

"This team has finals experience and has shown that it is capable of upsetting the favourites," he said.

Bendigo faces Eltham on Sunday at Ashwood Reserve at 1.30pm.

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