Diggers Rest won’t feature in the Riddell District Football League grand final for the first time since 2012.

As the most consistent team over the past five years, the Burras were working towards a second straight premiership after breaking their drought last year.

It wasn’t to be as they were knocked out in Saturday’s preliminary final against Rupertswood.

Only one point separated the two teams at half-time, but the Burras were inaccurate in front of goal with four more scoring shots.

The second half belonged to the Sharks, who led by nine points at three-quarter time and then kicked the first four goals of the last quarter to seal the win.

The Burras kicked a late goal through Mark Freeth, but it was too little too late, with the Sharks winning 10.7 (67)-5.12 (42).

Michael Evans was the only multiple goalkicker for the Burras with two goals.

Evans was named their best, with Sean Egan and Stuart Clarke also providing contributions.

The Sharks now face Macedon in the grand final on Sunday.

The loss added to the Burras’ pain on Saturday, after their reserves lost their preliminary final to Sunbury Kangaroos.

Like the seniors, the reserves were looking for back-to-back premierships, but won’t feature in the final game of the season.

The Kangaroos led from start to finish and did most of the damage in the second half. They kicked seven goals to two in the second half, to win 14.12 (96)-6.3 (39).

Robert Burns was named the Burras best, with no player kicking multiple goals.