VICTORIOUS in all three previous meetings, Gisborne will start red-hot favourite against Sandhurst in the Bendigo Football League's under-18s grand final on Saturday.
The Bulldogs scored a 27-point win against Sandhurst in the second semi-final, which followed a 17-point victory in the battle with the Dragons in round 17 at the QEO and by a point on Gisborne's turf at Gardiner Reserve in round five.
Sandhurst stayed in the premiership race by dominating the preliminary final against Strathfieldsaye by 87 points.
Gisborne coach Paul Nicholls said a high level of pressure was a key in the wins against Sandhurst.
"We try to play Gisborne pressure in every quarter and every match," Nicholls said.
Nicholls said Sandhurst 's young guns such as Symons Medal winner Seb Greene and key forward Dooley Niemann could do a lot of damage.
"They are capable of winning a lot of contests, so it's important we keep the pressure on across the board," said Nicholls, who is in his third year as the club's under-18s coach.
"If Niemann has lace-out supply then he's going to mark the footy most times."
Gisborne's team is strengthened by the return of centreman Josh Govan and key forward Patrick McKenna, who have played in the seniors this season.