Golden Square earn chance to defend BFNL A-grade netball premiership crown.

EFFECTIVE: Belinda Pinner takes control for Golden Square in Saturday's preliminary final against Sandhurst at the QEO. Picture: DARREN HOWE

EFFECTIVE: Belinda Pinner takes control for Golden Square in Saturday's preliminary final against Sandhurst at the QEO. Picture: DARREN HOWE

GOLDEN Square has won its way through to a third consecutive BFNL A-grade grand final with a 15-goal preliminary win over Sandhurst.

The Bulldogs gave themselves a chance to defend their 2015 premiership crown after overpowering the Dragons 54-39 at the QEO on Saturday.

There's a feeling things are coming together for the Bulldogs at the right end of the season after stringing together impressive finals wins against Gisborne and Sandhurst.

Saturday's win reversed the result from the Bulldogs' qualifying final against Sandhurst two weeks' previously.

Golden Square set up the win with a stunning 16-9 second quarter to go to the main break eight goals ahead.

The Bulldogs were able to extend their lead by one goal, before finishing the game full of running with a huge final term, with Gabe Richards and Abbey Ryan teaming brilliantly in the goal circle.

Their strength was reflected on the team sheet with last season’s grand final best-on-court Allira Hammond and Lucy Morcom starting the game in reserve roles.

It’s been a tough balancing act for the Bulldogs, who have been without Richards and others due to injuries and VNL commitments during the season, but have peaked at the right time with a settled line-up.

Golden Square and Kangaroo Flat met as recently as two seasons ago in the grand final, with the Roos coming out on top that day.

It will be a huge grand final day for both clubs.

Golden Square will also be represented in A-reserve and B-reserve, while the Roos will be involved in B-grade.

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