FINGAL Valley starts its 2013 finals campaign in tomorrow's second semi-final against Old Scotch at Youngtown with coach Matthew Lowe rejecting any favouritism tag for the minor premier.
Despite dominating the home-and-away season as the only undefeated side, Lowe said his side's success so far counted for nothing with the start of finals.
"Anything can happen come finals and it doesn't matter whether you've gone through the season undefeated or not - it's who is the better side on the day so the past doesn't mean anything," he said.
"We've got a couple of injury concerns and we will have a light session tomorrow with a few tests."
Lowe said he expected wet weather football and believed both teams were pretty even across the ground.
OLD SCOTCH will have a full-strength side coming off its qualifying final victory over Evandale last week.
Thistles coach Kim Curtis said he was confident his team could match it with the Country Blues, but said it needed to do so for four quarters to win.
"They're a good, experienced side and obviously will take some beating," he said.
"Youngtown will suit us and we've got a lot of young players with leg speed so we will try to utilise them and see how we go.
"There shouldn't be too many changes, but depending on the weather we might bring a bit more speed in or body strength because it's supposed to rain again so we'll see how it pans out."
EVANDALE will aim to make the most of its double chance when it meets St Pats in the first semi-final at Rocherlea on Sunday.
The Eagles were disappointing last week in their loss to Scotch and coach Neville Rattray said they would need to play more than one quarter to win the game.
"That's all we really played last week and it wasn't enough so we will be focused on playing four quarters of good footy," he said.
The Eagles will look at a couple of possible inclusions in Michael Routledge and Phil Skinner.
Dan Hillier will miss with a broken arm.
ST PATS coach Lenny Towns expected a hard, physical game and said his side prided itself on its hardness at the football.
"It's two-zip to them this season but they've both been great games and it will be a real good test for both sides coming off heavy games last week," he said.
The Saints should be unchanged.