SEA Lake-Nandaly Tigers and Woomelang-Lascelles will clash in Saturday's Mallee Football League grand final at Ouyen.
This makes it four grand finals in five seasons for the Tigers, but it has been seven long years since the Cats last featured.
Woomelang-Lascelles have had a great end to their season and will take confidence from their exciting recent wins over Walpeup-Underbool and Beulah.
But they are against a side that has only lost twice this season and has defeated the Cats both times they have met.
Sea Lake-Nandaly is a side with a prodigious amount of talent, strength and experience all over the ground and a strong desire to win a flag in that rare window of opportunity.
The Tigers are bristling with talented players all over the field.
Stephen Lyons was best on ground in the second semi-final, dictating play from full-back.
Dan McEwan is rucking well and their midfield has dominated this season.
Wesley Harrison, Matt Elliott and Bill Barry are in devastating form and their battle with Cats guns Chris McMahon, Pierce Liddle and Kane Bannam will go a long way to deciding the result.
But the Tigers will need to watch Liddle – he tore the Blues apart early in the game at the weekend to set up an excellent first quarter for the Cats.
Jayden and Aaron Lonergan provide Woomelang-Lascelles with two goal-scoring options when it goes forward.
Jayden kicked five goals at the weekend, while Aaron booted four. But the Tigers have two match-winners of their own in the forward line – Cliff Ryan and partner-in-crime Simon Weekley.
The Cats are likely to use a combination of Joel Donnan, Will Simpson and Marty Jones to play a zone defence, and one-on-one if things are not going the Cats’ way.
A match-winning move for Woomelang-Lascelles in their preliminary-final win was Joshua Ratcliffe’s push to full-forward.
The ruckman’s goal before three-quarter time, followed by three more early in the final term, got the Cats back on track after it looked like the Blues were about to take over.
Tiger Luke Martin racked up the possessions against Beulah and worked well with John Guthrie and Lyons.
Jason Collins is a creative half-forward, while Col Durie always works hard and provides that bit of class and a cool head when needed.
Russ Gravestocks medal winner Trent Donnan will play through the midfield.
He picked up the dangerous Ryan McKenzie at the weekend and tends to end up where he is needed most.
His brilliant goal from half-forward on Saturday was an emphatic statement from a classy player.
Sea Lake’s running defence, led by Lyons, could prove a problem for Woomelang-Lascelles.
The Cats will have to be tight on them once the ball turns over.
In what should be the closest grand final in recent years, the Tigers look to have a tighter defence and will be able to restrict the Cats to a losing score.