MCDFL - Navarre is just one step away from a third consecutive Maryborough District Football League grand final berth, however the Grasshoppers face a giant hurdle tomorrow when they take on Carisbrook at Princes Park, Maryborough.
Carisbrook is yet to be defeated this season, with Navarre losing their round one encounter by 35 points and again in round 14 by 27, and it was the Redbacks who got over the line against the Grasshoppers in last year's grand final.
Despite the Redbacks recent record against Navarre, coach Daniel Parkin said the minor premiers are beatable.
"At the end of the day, it's pretty much who plays four quarters and who doesn't have that five minute lapse.
"It will be similar to what Natte (Bealiba) dished up last week over the four quarters.
"We have to match it, if not exceed it. Those lapses are what has cost us over the last couple of games."
Adding to the pressure Navarre faces tomorrow is the state of its injury list.
The Grasshoppers were sweating on the fitness of three key players, with coach Daniel Parkin already ruled out for the rest of the season after he suffered a fractured jaw against Newstead a fortnight ago.
Captain Louis Hannett, forward Zane Bigmore and defender Jayden Fowkes are all in doubt for tomorrow's clash and were to face fitness tests at training last night.
Hannett has been plagued by a hamstring injury throughout the season, Bigmore missed last week with a hyper-extended elbow while 2013 MCDFL Football Rookie of the Year winner, Fowkes hurt his ankle in the Grasshoppers win over Natte Bealiba.
"If they get through three quarters to 100 per cent fit, they'll be playing," Parkin said of the trio.
Navarre broke its hoodoo against Natte Bealiba last week, defeating the Swans by 32 points, but it will need an almighty effort to topple Carisbrook.
"It's not going to be easy, we've got a task on our hands," Parkin said.
"They are beatable but it depends what we bring to the field."
Last time these teams met, Carisbrook restricted Navarre to just 5.6 and their leading goal kicker was Luke Treacy, who booted three.
The Redbacks also boast the Maryborough Castlemaine District League best and fairest, Matt Bilton, who slammed on nine goals in their 132 point drubbing of Lexton in the qualifying final two weeks ago.
Navarre defenders Sam Robertson, Brent Flood and Tom Kaye will have to be at their best to restrict the influence of these players, while it will be a battle of the midfields.
"Carisbrook have a gun midfield and they have a well-rounded 18 to 22 guys playing. When it comes to crunch time, they all stand up," Parkin said.
"We need to go even in the clearances and even in those contests around the ground we need to match it with them.
"If not, if we don't turn up, we fail."
Parkin believes that it will be the first five or 10 minutes that determines how the match will be played by his side.
"We both have quality teams. It will be who puts their head over the ball first," he said.