CITIES pierced through All Blacks defence twice in the women's preliminary final to qualify for this Saturday's grand final against Arrows/Athletics.
All Blacks opened the scoring early in the first half before Cities hit back with an equaliser just before half-time through young star Hannah Turner.
Both sides had opportunities to break the deadlock but it was Cities who prevailed with about 15 minutes to go.
A goal from Ruth Bolam gave Cities the lead and its defence was strong enough to hold out All Blacks for the remainder of the game.
Cities coach Robert Quaite said the game was end-to-end action which went down to the wire - fantastic for the spectators, nerve-racking for the coach.
"It was a nervous watch," he said, laughing.
"It was a close game and could have gone either way."
Quaite said previous results would not matter when it came to the grand final.
"Finals are funny games because it's not who has been the better team all year - it comes down to the best performer on the day," he said.
The Division 1 women's grand final starts at 4.15pm.
The Division 1 men's grand final between Cities and All Blacks starts at 6pm.