There was no shortage of excitement across the weekend as VSBL Women's teams took to the field in search of semi-final success.
Women's Division 1
Newport Rams 7 v Doncaster Dragons 9
The Springvale and Essendon game was washed out, but the earlier matchup between Newport and Doncaster went ahead, with the Rams coming close to their first finals win.
Both teams were scoreless in the first before Newport got one on the board in the first. Doncaster responded with six in the second as the Rams were forced to play catchup. They scored six runs over the next three innings to tie it up, but Doncaster scored once more in the bottom of the fifth and sixth to lock in the win.
Doncaster heads to Springvale for the preliminary final, keeping the dream alive of the club's first Women's Division 1 premiership since 2011/12.
Springvale Lions v Essendon Bombers WASHOUT
After the washout, Essendon advances to the grand final as the highest placed team. Doncaster and Springvale play in the preliminary finals on Saturday 20 March at 3:30pm at the Lions' home ground. Doncaster won the round four matchup 9-7 while Springvale won round nine 10-4. The Lions also took out the final regular season game between these two teams with a final score of 5-4.
Women's Division 2
Geelong Baycats 5 v Essendon Bombers 21
The Bombers came out in full force, racking up runs in all four innings to advance to the preliminary finals. Essendon had a 7-0 lead after the first and responded to Geelong's five-run third with 11 runs of their own.
Essendon is off to the next round in search of their first Women's Division 2 Premiership since the 2017/18 season.
Springvale Lions v Footscray Bulldogs WASHOUT
This game was washed out, and the Lions now play Essendon in the preliminary finals as Footscray finished first on the ladder. The previous matchups between Springvale and Essendon included a 21-7 Lions win in round two and a 7-5 Springvale win in round seven.
First pitch of the preliminary final is at 1:00pm on Saturday 20 March at Springvale.
Women's Division 3 East
Sandringham Royals 1 v Moorabbin Panthers 17
The Panthers are in prime position to take out another VSBL Women's Division 3 East Championship, thanks to a strong semi-final performance.
A seven-run first and fourth-run third helped Moorabbin's cause as another six runners came home in the fourth. The Panthers are into the grand final while Sandringham gets another shot, hosting Wheelers Hill in the preliminary final this Saturday at 1:00pm.
Berwick City Cougars 2 v Wheelers Hill Warriors 12
The Warriors earned a spot in the prelim after besting Berwick, made possible by an early lead as the runs just kept coming. The Warriors led 3-0 after the first and 7-1 after the second. It was a 12-1 ballgame by the end of the third.
Another grand final run is potentially on the card for the Warriors depending on their prelim game at Sandringham, a team they beat 10-5 back in round nine.
Women's Division 3 West
Doncaster Dragons 2 v Melbourne Demons 21
The Demons scored five runs in each of the first two innings and tacked on 11 in the fourth to seal the deal. Melbourne is through to the grand final while Doncaster gets another shot, hosting the preliminary final v North Western on Saturday at 1:00pm.
Fitzroy Lions v North Western Titans WASHOUT
North Western advances to the prelim after this washout, having finished third on the ladder. In regular season meetings with Doncaster, the Dragons won 10-4 in round two while North Western won 17-11 in round seven.