NORTH Wagga coach Matt Schofield is confident his team can overcome a brutal late season draw and earn the double chance in the Farrer League netball finals.
The Saints pressed second-placed Charles Sturt University for three quarters on Saturday before going down 81-62.
In third spot on 28 points, North Wagga is scheduled to play unbeaten The Rock-Yerong Creek, fourth-placed Coleambally (26 points) and fifth-placed Temora (26) the next three weeks, before finishing the regular season against sixth-placed Northern Jets.
The top three sides avoid elimination in the first week of the finals, and Schofield said his squad got belief out of pushing a Bushsows side which thrashed them by 30 goals earlier this year.
"It was only four or five goals at three quarter time and it just blew out in the last quarter, I think the girls took a fair bit of confidence out of it.
"In the last quarter we threw away too many centre passes and let (Bushsows defender) Ash O'Leary rack up a lot of intercepts.
"I said to the girls after the game if we can get within a few goals at three quarter time, there's no reason we can't be up with them in the finals."
"We led about 7-1 early and I think it took them by surprise, if we clean up our turnovers anything can happen.
"Our defence (Rachael Galvin, Fran Heffernan and wing defence Kelsey Leaver) is working really well, we just have to clean up our attack and make chances count."
In other games TRYC remain unbeaten after belting Temora 62-27, East Wagga Kooringal pipped Barellan 37-36 and Northern Jets kept their finals hopes alive by beating Marrar on the road 38-31.