GISBORNE coach Sandra Stewart says keeping her team focused on the match without worrying about outside distractions is the key to the club winning its first BFNL A-grade flag on Saturday.
The red, white and blue are raging favourites heading into the grand final against Kangaroo Flat at the QEO.
Gisborne has only lost one game this season and outclassed the Roos by 19 and 17 goals in their meetings.
Stewart is confident her team can break its premiership duck against Flat, if they keep their concentration.
"They’re all very determined in their own right, it’s about focusing on their job," Stewart said.
"They know anything can happen in finals, the way Kangaroo Flat came back on the weekend in that last quarter to beat Sandhurst was amazing.
"In finals you just never know who’s going to win. It’s just major focus and trying to keep everybody settled and focused on one game, ignore the fact it’s a final."
Gisborne has built on its successful 2012 season, when it won its first A-grade final and made it through to the preliminary final from fifth on the ladder.
Not even a change of coach just a few rounds into this season, when Dean Erdman resigned, caused much more than a blip on the radar.
Stewart said Gisborne's strength this year has been its depth and consistency across the court.
"It’s an across the board effort, every player who gets on the court puts in," Stewart said.
"I really think that the key is the consistency across the court, we’re so strong in every position.
"We’re also interchangeable, we’ve got lots of options putting people in different positions as well and they still seem to step up."
Gisborne has only won one netball premiership in the BFNL - the 17-and-under flag in 2006.
Three players from that team - Melissa Harris, dual-Betty Thompson Medal winner Tiana Newman and Tarryn Rymer - have progressed through to the A-grade side vying for the flag on Saturday.
In fact, Rymer will co-coach Gisborne's 17-and-under team with Madeline Stewart in their grand final - also against Kangaroo Flat - on Saturday.
"We’re really excited about that as well," Stewart said.
"They’ve been a fantastic group of girls. I think they all want to play for each other."