It was the shock finale to a gripping season that stunned the three-time titleholders.
Hadspen not only won the TCL Premier League grand final last time over Longford, the Chieftains smashed it.
A 44-ball century Thanuka Dabare brought up with a six that cleared mid-wicket easy set up the six-wicket victory in half of the overs Longford were bowled out.
That still hurts the Tigers almost eight months on, with the wounds remaining fresh just the third Premier League game since they last clashed.
Longford captain Jackson Blair was not mincing choice words in seeking motivation but also retribution.
"We're looking at getting one back on them," he said.
"They got the wood over us from the grand final last year.
"Everytime we play them, it's a pretty tight contest.
"We're looking forward to getting out there and seeing where where we're at again."
Longford and Hadspen are sure to remain unchanged from the sides that had been washed out last week, but neither will field their grand final sides for the rematch.
Chieftains captain Liam Reynolds does not take too much stock out of the grand final and the final-round win three weeks before that.
"Last season's result was great, but it just doesn't count for much going forward," he said. "We'll try and focus on the eleven that we're playing because that's all we can do."
Beaconsfield plans to put behind its maiden Premier League woes and reignite its campaign off early T20 form.
The massive 176-run loss to Hadspen had been in stark contrast to three scintillating wins back in the top flight.
The Swans travel south to Trevallyn without key players Chris Walker and Riley Milner from their best side.
After two weeks sidelined, captain Sean Barry said Beaconsfield is feeling refreshed.
"We had a good win against Trevallyn in the Twenty20, so we have had a good look at their team," Barry said.
"They've had a couple of changes since then and so have we. Hopefully we can bring that form forward and carry that into the weekend to get a positive result."
The nine-wicket thrashing is weighing on Trevallyn captain James Whiteley's mind.
Trevallyn is set to replace opener Charles Von Stieglitz with seamer Thomas Moorhead for the return clash.
"They gave us a touch up in the T20s, but then again I think our depth will show through this week," he said.
"They do tend to be top heavy with a couple of imports. So if we get them early, we'll be in a strong position."
ACL are well positioned for back-to-back wins over Perth. Skipper John Kedey has still warned his players against arising complacency.
"Any win is a good win at this time of year, but we do respect Perth. They have a good core of young players and I respect how they go about it as a club," he said.
"But this is an opportunity for us early doors to put a good break over one of our opposition teams, have a two-game break and consolidate our position in the four."
The Bluebacks will bring in guns Simon Chappell, Kieran Davey and Deepak Singh.
Perth will be missing not only opening batsman Zac Garland, but opening quicks Matthew and Andrew Rigby.
"With their role in the team as opening bowlers, we're going to have to really dig deep with the ball," Demons captain John Hayes said.
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