BELIEF is buzzing through Camperdown.
Brooke Richardson's side piled on the pain for North Warrnambool Eagles in Sunday's elimination final, holding firm to notch a 37-32 win.
Magpies goal shooter Amanda Clark, Richardson's sister, said the Magpies' resilience and ability to respond under duress helped them over the line.
Camperdown trailed by three goals at three-quarter-time, encouraging Richardson to move magnets.
It paid dividends.
"The lulls in the game, when we ended up going down by three or four goals... it was important to steady, remember our game plan, and fight back and it worked," Clark said.
"Belief - we all have belief and we all believe in each other.
"You don't want to be cocky going into these games, but we have belief in each other and hopefully that is going to get us through next week."
Clark revealed her side had a strong mutual respect for North Warrnambool Eagles.
"Every time we come up against them it's an awesome game," she said.
"That's the kind of competition you want in the Hampden league.
"We were just lucky that we came away with the win."
Richardson, a first-year mentor, paid tribute to her players' commitment to defensive pressure.
"I'm proud that we just didn't give up. Our work-rate continued, we didn't drop our heads," she told The Standard.
"We just fought all the way to the end and we had belief that we could do it.
We want to continue with the belief that we're more than capable and we've earned our spot in finals.Brooke Richardson
"Our defensive pressure is something we do focus on a lot, so to get those turnovers and then to score off them lifts the whole team."
The Woorndoo-based teacher told her side to maintain confidence moving into their first semi-final bout with reigning premier Koroit next week.
"We just want to continue to do what we've been doing," Richardson said.
"We want to continue with the belief that we're more than capable and we've earned our spot in finals.
"We just need to keep that momentum going."
Camperdown will face Koroit at its home ground - Leura Oval - on Sunday next week.
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