PRESSURE is all on Collegians Mystified to excel in this Saturday's Bathurst Netball Association A grade preliminary final.
Collegians and grand finalist Panthers have set the standard for other teams to match for the entire season, and you'd be brave to bet against the two teams coming together again for the big game.
Bulldogs Verdelho are the team trying to play the spoiler.
Verdelho were pushed all the way by Panthers Agriwest in a four-point minor semi-final win last weekend and will be buoyed by the underdog tag in the clash with Collegians.
Collegians have suffered back-to-back losses to Panthers in their latest matches after going through the rest of the season undefeated.
They were never far away from Panthers throughout the 46-36 major semi-final loss but a mixture of absent players and energetic Panthers defence kept them under control.
It hasn't got Collegians coach Melissa Noonan too worried, and she hopes with returning players the team can build on their recent performances.
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"I took one of our defenders and made her a shooter and she shot beautifully but having a full team will make a difference and hopefully we can get our combinations in order," she said.
"Losing players at either ends across both those games means there's not much we can focus on from those games. We just have to look ahead at the game coming up and hopefully go back to playing our best netball.
"Panthers were definitely hungrier in those games - last Saturday even more so than the game before. Often that's the difference between these two teams. It's about who wants it more.
"I think we made a lot of errors that they were able to capitalise on. Them scoring from our errors made a big difference."
Collegians may have fielded very different lineups for their matches against Bulldogs this season but their performances were consistent.
They took out the first game in June 49-35 and won 40-26 last month following the competition split.
Noonan is wary of the Bulldogs threat but if her combinations click then the team will be hard to stop.
"Bulldogs have been playing some really nice netball. We've beaten them both times we've played them by 14 goals and on the first game we had our defence out then in the second game we had shooters out," she said.
"This weekend I'm hoping to have the majority of my team there. I've had a shooter out the last two weeks, which has made things hard. Lucy [Tierney] has hurt her knee again and her absence has shown in our shooting stats."
Panthers have qualified for their third successive grand final.
Should Collegians get the better of Bulldogs then it will set up a grand final rematch from 2018, while if Verdelho cause the upset they will set up a rematch from the decider a year earlier.
Collegians and Bulldogs do battle for the remaining grand final spot from 2.45pm on court one this Saturday.