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BDCAW 2023: Marist show their quality to reach another BDCA women’s grand final

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Marist's bowling attack was on fire at the Bunbury Recreation Ground.
Camera IconMarist's bowling attack was on fire at the Bunbury Recreation Ground. Credit: Justin Fris/South Western Times

After finishing the women’s home-and-away season in third spot with a 5-1-6 record, some may have doubted Marist heading into Sunday’s preliminary final at the Bunbury Recreation Ground.

Colts were the favourites, having been in good form.

However, finals are so often a completely new ball game — and Jessica Barton’s Blues did not give an inch from the opening delivery.

After easily rolling Colts for 64, Marist got home by seven wickets, with Gabrielle House (38 off 44 balls) again leading by example.

The victory means Marist now come face to face with bitter rivals Donnybrook, who they have met in multiple grand finals previously.

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Last season’s decider finished in a tie at Forrest Park, with the Blues receiving the premiership due to finishing higher on the ladder during the home-and-away season.

In the B-grade preliminary final, Eaton qualified for the grand final — the biggest match since their team’s inception — after defeating Dalyellup by three wickets.

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