FINGAL Valley will try to finish off a dominant NTFA division 2 season with a premiership victory at Youngtown tomorrow but will have to beat an Old Scotch side that inflicted its only defeat of the season two weeks ago.
The grand final match-up features the two best teams of the season facing off against each other in the decider.
The Thistles will try to reproduce their winning second semi-final form and deny the Country Blues the flag they have been favourites to win all season while Fingal will be out to prove their only loss was a blemish on an otherwise perfect season.
Both coaches were happy to avoid the favourite tag yesterday.
"Obviously they go in as match favourites now because of what happened in the second semi-final," Fingal coach Matthew Lowe said.
"I think it suits us to go in as underdogs and we're just looking forward to the challenge.
"We need to stick to our game structures - last time they were harder at the ball, were in front all day and wanted it more than us so we have to turn all that around on Saturday."
Lowe said he hoped the second semi loss was the wake-up call his side needed and felt they were back to their best form in the final quarter of last week's preliminary final win over St Pats.
"We need to carry that into Saturday and the first 10 or 15 minutes will be vital because if you're onsong in that time and can carry it through - I think you'll be pretty right," he said.
"I don't think the ground matters but obviously Scotch beat us there two weeks ago so they would be pretty confident they can do it again so we just have to turn things around in our favour.
"I think it will be won across the whole ground and not in any one section - the team that gets on top all over the ground will win the game."
Fingal has three players who will miss with injury but Lowe declined to name them.
OLD SCOTCH coach Kim Curtis said Fingal would start favourite as the minor premier.
"They've got where they are because they are a pretty good side so we will be very cautious of them and go out and try to do the same as we did last time and play good, hard footy," he said.
The Thistles have qualified both seniors and reserves in grand finals and Curtis said both teams had full squads to choose from.
"We have to win the footy - we ran hard and played hard last time and the boys got rewarded for it," he said.
"The big ground suits us fine and our style of play.
"We've done a lot of hard work during the year so the boys are fit enough to run on the big ground and we've had the week off to freshen up."
Despite tempers flaring the last time they met, Curtis said he expected both teams to be focused on the game.
"They are a pretty professional side and are at their best when they play footy so I hope it's a good clean game to showcase div 2 footy and where it's at."
NTFA DIVISION 2 GRAND FINAL, at Youngtown - Old Scotch v Fingal (seniors) 2.15pm; Old Scotch v Evandale (reserves) 11:30am.