IT appears only a miracle can stop the A&K Lawns and Gardens Hawks from winning the Stawell Thirteen and Under Football Association premiership tonight.
Hawks will go into the grand final clash against the Norton Motor Group Bulldogs as raging hot favourite, after having disposed of their opposition with ease two weeks ago in the second semi final.
On that occasion, forward Caleb Bretherton led the charge with seven goals in an onslaught that saw Bulldogs remain scoreless for the first three quarters. By that time, Hawks had already opened up a massive 64 points lead.
Bulldogs did manage two final term goals, but Hawks added another three to stretch the margin to 70 points in the end.
While Bretherton was dominant up forward, it was the run through the midfield and off half back that set the Hawks up.
Bailey Taylor, Cooper Reading, Jayden Wright and Liam Stewart were full of run and carry and presented their forwards with plenty of scoring opportunities.
This run and carry will need to be stopped if Bulldogs are to have any chance of turning the tables on the rampaging Hawks.
Bulldogs have shown on two occasions this season that they can match it with Hawks, defeating the top team by 44 points in round four and 10 points in round eight.
Hawks did bounce back to win by 52 points in the second last round of the season and then followed this up with their big semi final win, so the task will be difficult, but not impossible.
Bulldogs will be looking to their running players in Luke Matthews, Luke Rethus, key forward Charlie Farrer and talls Nick Bendall and Zach Jenkinson to nullify the attacking style of Hawks, if they are to be any chance of causing an upset in tonight's grand final.