GOLDEN Square's pace will play a key role in Saturday's battle with Eaglehawk in the Bendigo Football League's reserves grand final.
The Bulldogs have won the past two contests between the clubs.
The first victory by 10-points broke the Hawks' 14-game winning streak.
Square won the second semi-final against the Two Blues by 47 points.
Golden Square coach Jamie Hogan said a more settled line-up in the past six weeks had played a big part in the winning streak.
The Dogs kicked off the finals by winning the qualifying final against Gisborne by 23 points.
A week later and Square beat the Hawks as Tyren Riordan (now Liebel), Sam Morcom, Christian Carter and Leigh Coates led the way.
Saturday's grand final will be five-in-a-row for Hogan. The previous four had been at under-18s level and ended in two wins, two defeats.
Many of Square's team had been coached by Hogan in the under-18s the past few seasons.
"We have a young side. There are three or four over 28, and the rest are under 25," Hogan said.
Contested football is what both line-ups have excelled at.
"Eaglehawk is strong at centre bounces and stoppages. Contested football is an area we really pride ourselves on," Hogan said.
Eaglehawk coach Ross Pointon said the team gained a lot of confidence from the three-point victory in the preliminary final against South Bendigo.
After a flying start in which they led by five goals and kept South goalless in the first half, the Hawks were down in the final term.
"The message was to keep taking the game on, which we did," Pointon said.
A major focus for the Hawks will be a four-quarter effort against Square.
"We have to work hard in every quarter, not rely on playing one or two good quarters," Pointon said.
Key players for the Hawks include the Harrington twins, Callum and Tom, experienced midfielder Dwayne Smith, ruckman Cody West, captain Ben Conley at full-forward, and Andy Nisbet in attack.
"We have a core group who have played a lot of football together," Pointon said.
Golden Square - B:Z. Holmes, M. Goode, S. Morcom. Hb: T. Paterson, E. Pickles, S. Wilkie. C: T. Liebel, H. Anderton, B. McRae. Hf: L. Coates, S. Harris, N. Demeo. F: J. Richardson, N. Manuel, C. Carter, Foll: D. Ryan, N. Coyle, L. Moss. Inter (from) C. Thompson, L. Baird, C. O''Brien, J. Garner, B. Rowan.
Eaglehawk - B: N. Dower, M. Willox, L. Popple. Hb: H. White, C. McGlashan, C. Davies. C: C. Harrington, A. Metcalf, T. Harrington. Hf: J. Murley, B. Conley, S. Mitchell. F: C. Jacobs, L. Milroy, J. Baird. Foll: C. West, D. Smith, D. Wust. Inter: G. Harker, B. Hawke, I. Ferguson, A. Nisbet. Emerg: J. Spivey.