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Magpies book Grand Final place

The Yass Magpies have secured their place in the Grand Final after a 42-6 win over the Valley Dragons at Walker Park.

After absorbing plenty of early pressure from the Yass Magpies, it was the Valley Dragons who took the lead when five-eighth Ahlivia Ingram shaped to pass before crashing over the line.

With a passionate local crowd cheering them on, the Magpies levelled proceedings as Sami Afele ran through and scored.

Moments later the Magpies took the lead for the first time as Gabbie Davis danced her way through tiring defenders to poke through a gap and run 30 metres to score.

Lucy Prosser extended Yass’ lead before the break as a Magpies set play was executed to perfection when Eilish Winbank sent the fullback through for a try.

There was still time for another Yass try before the break and Winbank was again the provider as she drew in the defence before sending Tessa Peace through. Massey missed the sideline conversion but the Magpies entered the break with a 20-6 lead.

Yass continued piling on the pressure after the break as they scored again, this time through Jenna Cooke after she gathered an Afele offload.

Gab Suckling and Hollie Massey combined for what was arguably the try of the evening as the to playmakers caused havoc for the Dragons. Suckling started the move with a line break before passing to Massey who in turn offloaded to the supporting Suckling who scored.

Eilish Winbank danced her way through the defence to score a dazzling solo try down the touchline.

Emily Banks wrapped up the game for Yass after she gathered a Logan Davis offload to score.

The Valley Dragons will now face the Queanbeyan Blues in next week’s Preliminary Final. The winner from the match will face the Yass Magpies in the Grand Final at GIO Stadium.

Yass Magpies 42 (Tries: S Afele, G Davis, L Prosser, T Peace, J Cooke, G Suckling, E Winbank, E Banks; Goals: S Wright 4, H Massey) d Valley Dragons 6 (Tries: A Ingram; Goals: A Ingram)

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