Melbourne are banking on their big-game experience to give them an edge in the Super Netball grand final against West Coast Fever.
After only losing twice this season to finish on top of the ladder, the Vixens are favourites for the title, which would be their first since 2014.
But the high-scoring Fever have roared into the final at Brisbane's Nissan Arena to set up a thrilling climax to the campaign on Sunday.
The match will be the last for Vixens' veteran shooters Tegan Philip and Caitlin Thwaites, who in September announced they will retire after the final.
Philip was part of the 2014 grand-final triumph as were co-captains and midcourt stars Liz Watson and Kate Moloney, along with defender Jo Weston.
Add in the Diamonds experience spread across the squad and the Vixens are hopeful their big-game know-how may prove the difference against the Fever.
The last time the teams met the match ended in a draw, with the Vixens clawing their way back after the Fever scooted away to a big lead.
"We do have players who have played at very much the top level and players who have been playing in finals, if not grand finals, before," said Philip, who won MVP in that 2014 grand-final win.
"It's definitely an asset and something that we should be calling upon when we're going out there on Sunday.
"We know that if we stick to our game plan that will get us across the line. The experience that each of us has is an extra bonus for us."
Philip said her team were prepared for a fast start by the Fever, who have goaler Jhaniele Fowler in career-best form.
She said the Vixens need defenders Weston and Emily Mannix to be at their best to stop the free-scoring Jamaican star getting into her groove.
"They came out firing on the weekend and they will be doing that again so we need to be strong and be tough and counteract that, get the momentum as much as we can going our way," Philip said.
Philip said that she and Thwaites, who have been sharing accommodation in their Queensland hub for 14 weeks since relocating from Melbourne, would take a moment to acknowledge their final hurrah but want to ensure the focus remains on the team.
Fever captain Courtney Bruce said her players were on guard for the likes of Philip, Thwaites and Mwai Kumwenda, who share the Vixens' shooting load.
"All three of them are happy to take two-point shots," Bruce said. "Caitlin Thwaites is probably one that first pops to mind - she's not shy, she's not going to back away from taking them.
"I've played her a lot. We probably know how to get (on) each other's nerves, but that's the beauty of netball and that's why we love playing against each other."
Australian Associated Press