MCDFL - Will it be third time lucky for Navarre?
After just falling short of claiming the premiership over the past two years, the Grasshoppers have the opportunity to make amends when they come up against Lexton in the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League grand final at Princes Park, Maryborough on Sunday.
Navarre should be full of confidence after causing one of the biggest upsets in the league this season, defeating Carisbrook by four points in a preliminary final cliff hanger last weekend.
This is leaving coach Daniel Parkin to ponder: Have the Grasshoppers played the grand final one week too early or not?
"The vibe at training before Carisbrook was a lot better than what it was on Tuesday (this week)," Parkin said.
"Maybe it's because our reserves players got knocked out and they weren't there, I don't know.
"There is still a good feeling though that things can be done, it's just we have to turn up to play. It will be a massive job."
Navarre also has more pressing issues at hand, with coach Daniel Parkin and captain Louis Hannett under injury clouds heading into Sunday's match.
Both players have missed the past fortnight with Parkin suffering a broken jaw in an off-the-ball incident against Newstead in the qualifying final, while Hannett's hamstring continues to be a problem.
Parkin is unsure if either himself or Hannett will be playing this Sunday.
"You play 15 years of football and of course, you want to have at the premiership, but at what cost?" Parkin said of himself.
"Who do you drop from a team who won against Carisbrook?"
Both leaders needed to prove their fitness last night in Navarre's final training session before the grand final.
Looking at Navarre's opponents for Sunday, Lexton are also coming off the back of a thrilling preliminary final contest against Newstead.
The Tigers were trailing Newstead for the majority of the match, but kept persisting, similar to what Navarre did to Carisbrook, and clawed their way to defeat the Kangaroos by 10 points.
Lexton's Matthew Brown was dominant across the forward line and booted six goals.
Operation: Shut Down Brown, will be led by Jayden Fowkes with Parkin throwing his full support behind the youngster to get the job done.
"He's proven himself week in, week out," Parkin said.
Damon Aspland is another Tiger who will be need to be watched closely, after he turned on a best on ground performance at the weekend.
Navarre midfielder Brian Lovison, who restricted MCDFL best and fairest player Matthew Bilton to just a handful of kicks in the win over Carisbrook, is set to run with Aspland on Sunday.
"It will be a Lovison job and he knows it's coming his way," Parkin said.
Navarre will be calling on every one of its 22 players to stand up as the Grasshoppers vie for premiership glory once again.
Bryce Tickner, Aiden Lee and Ash Driscoll were repeatedly told to lift throughout last week's match and they responded well, however the challenge is there to continue this good form.
Kris Brennan didn't have the best day out against Carisbrook and he will be looking to kick more goals tomorrow, while it will be left to Ben Scott, Daniel Reading and Jeremy Harrington to battle it out in the midfield.
Parkin is warning his side not to get too far ahead of Sunday's clash at Princes Park.
"It won't be a blow out, just a one-on-one four quarters yet again.
"The last two years we've failed and this year we've got a chance, but there's a massive job to be done and we don't want to get ahead of ourselves."
Sunday's MCDFL grand final will kick off at 2.35pm.