Tatyoon has titled itself the underdog ahead of Saturday’s Mininera District Netball Association A Grade grand final.
The Hawks will play Woorndoo-Mortlake to add another chapter to an intense recent rivalry.
Woorndoo-Mortlake had the wood over Tatyoon for much of the last two seasons until round 15 this year, snapping a losing streak against the Tigers to claim the minor premiership.
That contest has filled them with confidence, which was evident when they smashed the Tigers by 21 goals in the major semi-final two weeks ago to advance straight through to the grand final.
“It is a brand new game and they would have had some learnings from that game,” Tatyoon A Grade coach Lisa Antonio said.
“We will start from scratch because on grand final day none of the other results from the season matter.
“Confidence plays a huge part with a self belief you can win, knowing we have beaten them before is big for the girls. We also understand if we don't bring our best netball it won't be easy.”
Woorndoo-Mortlake has featured in the last three A Grade deciders, winning in 2016 and 2017.
They nearly missed out on the chance at playing the Hawks in the grand final, narrowly defeating Moyston-Willaura in last weekend’s preliminary final.
“They have been a powerhouse for the last 10 years or so so we are under no illusions we are chasing them,” Antonio said.
“We consider ourselves a bit of the underdog.”
The Hawks went down to the Tigers in the 2017 grand final, providing an extra piece of motivation to the side.
“It has been 19 years since Taty has secured an A grade premiership so we are keen to bring it home,” Antonio said.
“If we take care of the little things the outcome will take care of itself.”
The Tigers boast a star-studded line-up, including league best and fairest winner Jess Cameron.
Antonio said her side knows what is needed to be competitive and test the Tigers.
“Defensive pressure is a really big barometer for us. Composure is also really key too,” she said.
“Finals are tough with a lot of internal and external pressure on players to do well, so the ability to be composed and calm during the game will be key.”
Q&A with Tatyoon A Grade coach Lisa Antonio
How is everyone feeling ahead of another grand final?
The team is really excited and pumped for the weekend. A few of the girls went along and watched (the preliminary final) on Saturday and got a bit anxious wanting to get back on to the court.
What will you need to do well to win the game?
We need to control what we can control. There will be times where we will be tested but it is the ability to fight through the tough patches during the game that will be the difference. Finals are a funny thing and anything is possible.
They are the reigning premiers so obviously they have the confidence and self belief to win, but so do we.
Is there anyone in particular from the Tigers you are wary of?
Obviously league best and fairest Jess Cameron is one to watch. She is a beautiful player, so composed with a real settling role for their side. She will be someone we have to get on top of quite early and that comes from defensive pressure across the whole court.
Chris Boyd, their wing attack, is also extremely experienced and composed. She plays a key role in their offensive structure.