A SEASON which started with four consecutive defeats remains alive for resurgent Westerns.
The Adam Hawke-coached Kangaroos were in the top five just twice during the regular season.
But they will play in a first semi-final this Sunday full of confidence after emerging unscathed from a remarkable elimination final.
Westerns upstaged Tyrendarra 10.15 (75) to 6.5 (41) at Dartmoor Recreation Reserve on Sunday to progress to week two of the finals.
A six-goals-to-four opening half sparked a 16-point advantage at the main break, with the Kangaroos restricting the Darras to just two goals thereafter.
Westerns will take on Dartmoor in the first semi-final at Coleraine’s Silvester Oval.
Hawke said the triumph had generated belief within the playing group.
“I always knew, and I think they did as well, if they played four solid quarters of football they can match it with anyone,” he said.
Erik Stewart kicked three goals for Westerns, with Aaron Elford its best player.
Luke Bevan, Adam Ross and Matt Peters were the Darras’ best. Bevan was one of six individual goalkickers.
In the qualifying final on Saturday, Coleraine announced itself as a threat to minor premier Heywood with a resounding win against Dartmoor.
The Maroons won 18.12 (120) to 6.1 (37) at Heywood Recreation Reserve, kicking a remarkable 17.7 after quarter-time.
Brad Rhook and teenager Eric Guthrie kicked four goals each while Zac McDonald booted three.
Josh Brown was best afield, along with Guthrie and McDonald.
Coleraine will play unbeaten Heywood at Heathmere Recreation Reserve.