MCDFL - Navarre faces its moment of truth tomorrow when it comes against old foes Natte Bealiba in the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football semi final clash at Princes Park, Maryborough.
Can the Grasshoppers overcome injury woes and break a Swans hoodoo or will they, after finishing second on the ladder this season, bow out of this year's finals in straight sets?
The position Navarre find themselves in heading into tomorrow's match is not unfamiliar, with the Grasshoppers reaching the previous two MCDFL grand finals after having to play three games to get there.
What is unfamiliar to the side though, is the underdog status that could appear to be attached following those injuries to key players in last weekend's 24 point loss to Newstead as well as an underwhelming recent record against Natte Bealiba.
Navarre captain, Louis Hannett said the team doesn't see themselves as underdogs.
"We finished above them (Natte Bealiba) on the ladder," Hannett said.
"Yes, they did beat us earlier this season and they're coming off a win and we're coming off a loss, but we need to be positive going into this weekend."
"It doesn't matter if people aren't backing us from the outside, we need to back ourselves first and that's what we'll be doing."
Ironically, the three players that injured themselves in Navarre's 12 point loss to Natte Bealiba back in round nine are the same trio that will miss tomorrow's sudden death match.
Coach Daniel Parkin and forward Zane Bigmore, in just their second outing since injuries themselves in round nine, will both be forced to watch from the sidelines.
Parkin was concussed in the first term last week in an off-the-ball incident and has been ruled out, while Bigmore hyperextended his elbow and is also going to miss.
The third player is Louis Hannett, with the skipper's dodgy hamstring again giving way at the weekend against Newstead.
In a further blow for Navarre, tough onballer Lewis Baker (hamstring) and assistant coach Brent Flood (quad) missed last week's qualifying final and won't return tomorrow.
Possible inclusions include defender Matt Newton and midfielder Nigel Greenaway after both players performed solidly in the Grasshoppers reserves thrilling win over Carisbrook.
With the long injury list, midfielders Daniel Reading and Jeremy Harrington will need all the help they can get tomorrow up against a formidable Natte Bealiba outfit.
Bryce Tickner and Aiden Lee were kept quiet on the wings, so both players will be looking for improved performances tomorrow.
Stephen Ross and Bruno Mortlock are Swans players Navarre must keep an eye on in the middle, while Zachary Perez is a danger man on the wing.
Ross has the potential to go forward and kick goals while Mortlock is a key ball winner and was named among the best at the weekend in Natte's 33 point elimination final win against Avoca.
Matches between Navarre and Natte Bealiba are generally tight, low scoring contests and Hannett admitted the Grasshoppers midfield must perform.
"What was disappointing last week was that we were let down in the midfield," Hannett said.
"Hopefully the boys this week can lift their game and run a bit harder going forward."