A PLACE in the Griffith and District Football Association grand final will be up for grabs when Hanwood FC takes on Yoogali SC at Hanwood Oval on Sunday.
In what could feel like deja vu for the two teams, both coaches insist previous results this season will mean very little in the high pressured semi final.
The two teams met only two weeks ago with HFC coming away with a 1-0 victory to seal the minor premiership.
“We played pretty well that night, but looking at it from their point of view they had a few guys out, but so did we, so they will be a bit different this time,” HFC coach Anthony Agresta said.
“Finals football is a lot different, it is a lot tighter and there aren’t many chances, so when they come your way you really have to make the most of them.
“Defence is going to be a big part of the game on Sunday, and it’s pretty obvious if they don’t score they don’t win the game.”
YSC suffered its second consecutive loss last weekend, but coach Sante Donadel doesn’t think that will affect his side’s preparations too much.
“Last week’s game was meaningless, we were 12 points in front so we couldn’t lose second, but we couldn’t get first so I just rested players,” he said.
“I wouldn’t go off last week’s performance, but the week before against Hanwood we had a good game and I’m expecting another one this week and hopefully we can come out on top.
“Our three losses this year have been one-nil so we have always been in the game and I’m hoping this week we can finish our chances off and be the first ones in the grand final.”
Agresta also has his eyes set on guaranteeing his side’s place in the grand final.
“We’d love to get in there first and will be doing everything we can to get there,” he said. “It is a good chance to make the grand final, but that can be a good or a bad thing as you get the week to freshen up, but having the week off can work against you, too.”
Donadel is expecting a raft of changes from last week’s team and expects to be able to choose from a full-strength squad for the first time during the second half of the season.
“We were undefeated in the first round and we will basically have the whole team back for the first time in the second round,” Donadel said.
“We were winning without our full-strength team, which is always good to do, but at finals time you need your full-strength team to win, so I’m very happy that we’ve got a full selection of players where I can put the best time in there.
“We have to make sure we take it to Hanwood, they are a quality team, and we have to make sure we are prepared mentally and if they are we will give it a good shake.”