HILLWOOD and Bridgenorth kick off the NTFA division 1 finals series for this season at Longford tomorrow with a qualifying final match-up to determine which will meet minor premier Rocherlea in next week's second semi-final.
The record stands at one win each this season with the Sharks winning by 15 points at Bridgenorth in round 7 and the Parrots turning the tables with a 56-point victory in the mud at Hillwood in round 16.
Hillwood president Rod Green said the Sharks believed they had a very good, fast-running and skilful side but said although both sides had to play in the conditions on the day - heavy conditions would not suit his team.
``We're extremely pleased with the way the team has progressed during the year and maintained our position and even though we finished in front we feel we're going into the game as underdogs,'' Green said.
``We've had good battles during the year but understand that Bridgenorth is a stronger side physically than us.
``But we believe we have the pace and forward attack to put them under pressure providing we can run across the top of the ground.''
BRIDGENORTH goes into the game on the back of a run of good form and seemingly happy playing in wet and muddy conditions if they eventuate.
Kalon Beams and Beau Hills had injury concerns and faced fitness tests with Beams the most doubtful with a leg problem.
``We'll be as confident as we can be after a our last month or so and we have a reasonable record at Longford which helps I suppose,'' Bridgenorth coach Michael Bowden said.
``We have to be wary of their game on the rebound because they switch the ball pretty well and they have two quality forwards and a good onball division - so a lot of time goes into those guys.''
GEORGE TOWN and BRACKNELL face off in the a cut-throat elimination final at Youngtown on Sunday, also with a 1-1 record this season.
The Saints expect to have close to a full-strength side available for one of the few times this year.
Todd Crane returns with Daniel Newton facing a fitness test for a comeback and full list of under-19 players available.
``It should be a tight contest and there will be no holding back,'' George Town coach Anthony Axton said.
``We played OK footy against Scottsdale last week in terrible conditions so the build-up hasn't been perfect but we're really keen to complete our season and see what we can achieve.
``We respect Bracknell in this situation and they've come from fifth to make grand finals, are geared for finals and a dangerous side to play.''
BRACKNELL expects to regain Matthew Bosworth, Kade Mulder with Sam Ralph promoted from the reserves.
``It will be a tough game and I think they have played better than their ladder position shows,'' Redlegs coach Josh Nunn said.
``I was pretty happy with our pressure around the footy last week but it's about getting a good start because we've fallen down there in the past few weeks.
fu15166pt UNIV INTO HELIOS; Starts in UNIV, breakback goes to helios, loops on breakbacks.NTFA DIVISION 1 FINALS - TOMORROW: Qualifying final, at Longford, Hillwood v Bridgenorth (seniors) 2pm; George Town v Rocherlea (reserves) 11.40am; Bracknell v Scottsdale (under 19s) 9.30am. SUNDAY: Elimination final, at Youngtown, George Town v Bracknell (seniors) 2pm; Hillwood v Longford (reserves) 11.40am; Hillwood v Bridgenorth (under 19s) 9.30am.