HORSHAM tuned up for the finals in the best possible way with a 168-point thrashing of co-tenant Horsham RSL Diggers at Horsham City Oval.
The Demons showed no mercy on their way to a 14th-straight win, with co-coach Brad Hartigan delighted by the performance of his 'second tier' players.
"Darcy Taylor was best on ground today, John Wood was second and big Ryan O'Connor was in there as well," he said.
"To have those blokes going as well as they are, it takes a lot of pressure of myself and Jordy Burke.
"It was pleasing to see those boys step up and really take the game on."
Assistant coach Nick Pekin booted a game-high seven majors, with utility Jeremy Hartigan and midfielder Charles Gabbe both continuing their solid form.
Even without sharpshooter Dylan Parish, goals were not hard to come by, with the Demons finishing with 15 goal-kickers.
The usual suspects of Kye Chapple, Damian Cameron, Brodie Mines and Chris Harrison all made the Diggers' best, while debutant Blake Woodgate also showed plenty of promise.
Diggers captain Justin Garth said he was pleased with his side's never-say-die attitude.
He said all 21 players could hold their heads up high.
"The scoreboard didn't really reflect on the game," he said.
"Our pressure and tackling was outstanding.
"We don't have the best side going around there's no doubt about that but every bloke put in 100 per cent, which is all I can ask for."
For Horsham, it is all about Saturday's qualifying final against Warrack Eagles, while the Diggers' win-less season is done and dusted.