BRIDGENORTH and Hillwood will fight it out for a grand final spot against Rocherlea when the two teams meet in tomorrow's NTFA division 1 preliminary final at Youngtown.
The record stands at 2-1 in the Parrots' favour this season with a win each during the home and away season, and Bridgenorth defeating the Sharks by 34 points in the qualifying final a fortnight ago.
Bridgenorth went down to Rocherlea in last week's second semi-final with coach Michael Bowden blaming a 15-minute lapse in the second quarter which allowed the suburban Tigers to kick easy goals, turning a two- goal quarter time lead into a five- goal half-time deficit.
"I don't think we lost too much confidence out of that and obviously we have good memories of the game the week before against Hillwood and how we need to play against them," he said.
"The guys are confident and Tuesday night on the track was positive - we've had a good chance to review last Saturday and assess a few things to get on the right track again."
Bowden watched the Sharks beat George Town in last Sunday's first semi-final and said they obviously enjoyed the faster track.
"We'll have to be wary of that and we need to match them with their speed," he said.
"A few of our guys have got some good closing speed especially in our back half which is where we need to shut down their two key forwards again.
"There's a lot of pressure on our backline but I think our midfield is definitely up to it, and Longy in the ruck has been going well the last three or four weeks."
Heath Williams should get the job on Josh Chugg and Joel Holloway is expected to pick up Tom Bennett.
Bowden said the Youngtown ground did not worry his side and they looked forward to a better surface and bigger ground after playing the past two weeks at Longford.
Kalon Beams will face a fitness test on a quad injury with Bowden rating him a 60-40 chance to play.
HILLWOOD football manager Bob McLean said his side was quietly confident after a good performance last week in beating George Town.
"The last time we played Bridgenorth our performance was not as good as we wanted," he said.
"We wanted to get on top of the ground and playing at Youngtown last week there were no excuses with a full-strength side in a good, hard, tough game which we were very happy with."
McLean said the Sharks had improved significantly from last season when they finished outside the top five.
"We're extremely happy to have made the five this year and now we're up to the preliminary final.
"One slight disadvantage is we've had one less day to recover and overcome our little injury problems but we're looking pretty good and should be at full strength.
"We've got a young side and it's a matter of whether they can handle the big occasion and go up a step - we think if we can play to our potential we are capable of beating Bridgenorth."