IT'S mate versus mate on Sunday at Lank Bain Complex as the Wauchope Blues and the Port City Breakers battle it out for the first Group 3 rugby league grand final spot.
Breakers halfback Adrian Daley returns from suspension to face his old mate, Blues halfback Aaron Ison, in the match that shapes up to be a cracker.
The Blues have the home ground advantage, but that has meant little this season, with the away side winning the past two encounters.
"Hopefully we can turn it around," Ison said.
He knows the Port side will be strong across the park, and will be boosted by Daley's return.
"AD makes a difference," Ison said.
The pair know each other's game inside out, with plenty of time spent together on the touch field during off-seasons.
"We won a State Cup together," Ison said.
"We're pretty good mates."
He said they were both passionate players, but a blue was unlikely.
"We know that what happens on the field, stays on the field," Ison said.
Breakers co-coach Darren Roach said his team was ready to fire.
He was looking to Daley to gel well with five-eighth Josh Hyde.
"We're looking for them to form a good combination for the finals," Roach said.
Port City has been training strongly, and will have another light run tomorrow afternoon to complete preparation.
"Our training is on track," he said.
"Everyone's in. It will be a full side."
Roach knows the side will have its work cut out against the Blues.
"Some of us went and watched Wauchope play last Sunday," he said.
"They're a very good side. They're disciplined."
It's a big day for the Port City club, with the women's league tag and reserve grade sides being involved in semi-finals.
"Hopefully the other two [teams] get up," Roach said.
"We'll get out there and make a big day of it."