Defending Premiers, the Woodsmen AFC will take on 2013 Premiers the Zillmere Eagles in the Preliminary Final at 730pm on Friday night at Kedron.
In what promises to be a tough encounter between two teams with a slightly 'older' age profile, to the winner comes to the opportunity to take on the undefeated Kedron Lions in the Grand Final the following week.
The Woodies will be bolstered by some key inclusions into the side, fielding the strongest side they have all year with thanks to some recovering from flu and others returning from business abroad.
Zillmere will also feature a very strong side with many former QAFL stalwarts resuming battle. The Eagles will be primed for a strong showing after a heart stopping win in the final seconds vs Jimboomba last week and also having defeated the Woodies by 3 points in their only encounter this season way back in Round 3.
The Woodies were disappointed with their efforts last week in the Semi Final, with senior players missing several easy chances early on to allow Kedron to stay in the game after early Woodsmen dominance, and will be looking to put a quality 4 quarter performance on the board after some up and down form in recent weeks.
Returning to the side is gun recruit Ricky Dudley and the Woodies will also be hoping Brett McEvoy can get to the ground before quarter time this week as well. Full forward and former Zillmere Premiership player Stephen Forbes will be resuming battle with some former teammates and will be looking for a big outing against his old side after recovering from a nasty chest infection in recent weeks.
Chris Mihalopoulous and Sam Curtis will continue to give the team drive from the engine room, while the miserly defence will no doubt shut down plenty of Zillmere's scoring opportunities.
Be sure to get down to support the boys in what promises to be a hard fought, and high standard battle with a spot in the Grand Final up for grabs to the winner and curtains for 2015 for the loser.
History threatens to repeat itself for the Woodies, who managed to take home the 2009 Premiership despite their opposition going through the home & away season undefeated and the boys are primed to repeat the dose!