MITIAMO coach Kylie Piercy say Newbridge's rise to grand final challenger came as no surprise to her team.
The Maroons, who finished the minor round season in third spot and were beaten by the Superoos in the opening week of finals, have rebounded strongly with two-straight impressive victories.
Their latest, a 24-goal win over minor premiers Bridgewater in last weekend's preliminary final, catapulted the Maroons into their first grand final since their 2016 premiership win.
Piercy, who was at the game in Inglewood, said their grand final opponent was no shock.
"Not at all ..... Bridgewater put up a pretty good fight early on, but then it blew out after half time," she said.
"What impact the week off (in the first week of finals after a bye in round 18) had I don't know. We went out in straight sets in the same way last year.
"It seems to be a curse."
Nothing could detract from a brilliant effort by Newbridge, with Piercy seeing plenty to know that her side will be seriously challenged on Saturday, despite the Superoos winning all three contests between the teams this season.
"(Newbridge coach) Jane (Reid) shot very well and held well, but again her midcourt feed it well to her," she said.
"(Goal attack) Alyssa Cole plays more of a wing attack than goals, but when she did have to shoot, she did it well.
"Pretty much their attacking end was very strong."
Newbridge was well served in the midcourt by Rachel Pettifer and Tameka Branch, with their battle against Amelia Ludeman and Kellie Pay set to be two of the most crucial.
While history shows the Maroons defeated Mitiamo in their most recent grand final match-up in 2016, don't expect Piercy to use that loss as motivation.
The second-year Superoos coach put plenty of emphasis on the word 'history', when asked about the result.
"I don't ask about history and previous grand finals, but I do know the losses are a not a happy topic," she said.
With their grand final berth assured two weeks ago, Piercy has aimed to keep her side's routine as similar to the norm.
A big week for the club - the Superoos will be represented in A and B-grade netball and senior and reserves football grand finals - will continue with a training session at Mitiamo on Thursday night.
Meanwhile, Newbridge fine-tuned its preparation with a training session at the Golden City Netball Association courts on Tuesday, and will train at Riverside Oval on Thursday.
After qualifying for the grand final from third spot, Maroons coach Reid said there was a feeling Newbridge had exceeded the expectations of their home and away season ladder placing, and were excited for what was ahead.
"I am just really proud of what the girls were able to bring out (last) Saturday and the week before," she said.
LVFNL A-grade netball grand final
Mitiamo v Newbridge (Calivil Recreation Reserve, 3pm this Saturday)
2019 form guide (home side named first): Newbridge lost to Mitiamo 44-53 (round 3); Mitiamo defeated Newbridge 43 (round 12); Mitiamo defeated Newbridge 68-50 (qualifying final).
Other grand finals: B-grade - Newbridge v Mitiamo (1.30pm); C-grade - Bridgewater v Calivil United (noon); C-reserve - Maiden Gully YCW v Newbridge (1.30pm); 17-and-under - Maiden Gully YCW v Calivil United (10.30am); 15-and-under - Maiden Gully YCW v Pyramid Hill (noon); 13-and-under: Calivil United v Pyramid Hill (10.30am).
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