Golden Square's poor record in BDCA finals counts for little ahead of this weekend's semi-final, according to Dogs' coach Grant Connelly.
Since its last BDCA first XI premiership in 2008-09, Golden Square has played in eight two-day and one-day semi-finals or grand finals for one win and seven defeats.
The one victory was courtesy of a washout in the 2013-14 semi-finals.
Most recently, the Bulldogs went into last month's one-day grand final against White Hills as a warm favourite but couldn't get over the line, while at the corresponding stage last summer Square lost to eventual premier Sandhurst by one run.
"We won't have any motivation to bring that (recent finals record) up at all,'' Connelly said.
"We've played some good cricket to give ourselves the best opportunity by finishing on top.
"We're confident in the style of cricket we play and, hopefully, that stands up at the weekend.
"We certainly think it will, but finals are cut throat. It's not like footy where you finish on top and get a double chance.
"If you don't play your best cricket on the weekend you'll find yourselves out, simple as that."
The minor premier Bulldogs host league power Strathdale-Maristians at Wade Street this weekend.
Strathdale has a superior finals record to Golden Square, but the Bulldogs have the edge in recent form, having beaten the Suns in their two enoucnters this season.
In round two, Square chased down Strathdale's total of 7-231, with Scott Woodman (87) and Connelly (81) adding 167 for the seventh wicket.
In round seven, the Bulldogs scored a remarkable win in a one-day clash that was played under ordinary conditions because of rain.
Strathdale made 6-221 off 45 overs, leaving Square with just 35 overs to chase down the target or play safe for a draw.
Square skipper Ben Gunn produced one of the best innings of the season, smashing 155 off 101 balls, to lead Square home in just 29 overs.
"We have no fears,'' Connelly said.
"They've been an exceptional side for a long, time, but they're like anyone they're beatable on any given day.
"They played some pretty good cricket to get to the finals, but they'll have to play some exceptional cricket to beat us."
Connelly said the Bulldogs would continue to play their aggressive style of cricket, particularly with the bat at the top of the order.
"We're not going to change something that's worked for us all year when we get to the semi-finals.
"We want to stick with what has got us to where we are. The mindset is looking to attack and getting on top.
"We play pretty good cricket on our home ground."
Scott Trollope missed the final round of the home and away season after pulling up sore from the successful Melbourne Country Week campaign.
Connelly said the key all-rounder would return for the semi-final.
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