THE good news for Laharum - if it wins tomorrow's second semi-final at the Rupanyup Recreation Reserve it will play in its first grand final since 2006.
The bad news for Laharum - standing in its way is five-time reigning premier Kalkee.
The Kees have an outstanding record in games like this.
They have played in each of the past six second semi-finals, winning five of them.
The lone semi-final loss the Kees suffered in that time was a 70-point thumping at the hands of Harrow-Balmoral.
Two weeks later, the Kees bounced back with a 24-point grand final win over the Roos.
Kees coach Matt Beddison said a second-semi final win was valuable because it gave the victor a week off before the grand final.
"There's always arguments for and against having the week off - you tend to lose a bit of conditioning but also I know with a lot of our guys we benefited from the rest," he said.
"When you're not as young it takes a little while to recover and with the season being so long, I like the week off."
Beddison said the playing group was near full strength, and any players who missed out on tomorrow's game would be unlucky.
He said Kalkee and Laharum were already well acquainted with each other's style of play and whichever team applied more pressure that would win.
Laharum coach Marcus Demaria said his team would be no slouch in the pressure department after its strangulation of Edenhope-Apsley at the weekend.
He said a win in the semi-finals against a powerful opponent would do wonders for the Mountain Men's confidence.
"They're the benchmark of the competition so they're definitely going to be hard to beat, but we want to turn up and give a good account of ourselves," he said.
"A week off would be handy, but if we get over the top of them it would be great not only because of that but it would give us plenty of self-belief."
Keegan Mason will be available for selection with the North Ballarat Rebels' season finished in the TAC Cup, but Demaria said the team was unsure what changes it would make.