Trainee school teacher Jason Raper hopes to teach Collegians a lesson or two in Sunday's Coal League grand final at WIN Stadium.
Raper has been one of Helensburgh's best in the finals series and looms as a potential matchwinner in the premiership decider.
Collies pulled off a great escape in the major semi-final when they came from eight points down in the last seven minutes to beat the Burgh 30-28.
Raper is confident lightning won't strike twice.
"We let them off the hook in the major semi and it was pretty disappointing, but it could be the best thing for us," the 24-year-old fullback said.
"If we get in that spot again, we won't be letting them back in it, that's for sure."
Raper grew up in Heathcote and played his junior league with Engadine.
After pulling the pin at 15 for a couple of years "to chill out a bit with my mates", he started playing again, venturing down the highway to join Helensburgh.
He earned the tag of utility, filling a variety of roles off the bench before making the fullback spot his own.
Watching him return the ball and score tries for the Tigers, it's easy to think he's worn the No 1 jersey his whole life.
"The versatility is a hard thing sometimes," the Wollongong University student said.
"Coaches can use it as an excuse to just put you on the bench, but when you find your position you're either playing or you're not, so it's good to have finally found [a permanent place at] fullback."
Collies will have hundreds of loyal supporters in their corner on Sunday but they might have a challenge on their hands to match the one-team, one-town fervour of Tigers fans.
"It'd be huge to win it," Raper said.
"It'd be just so big for the town. They love their footy up there and they all get right behind the team, which shows in the crowds.
"I'd love to bring it home for them and all the people that work tirelessly behind the scenes for the club. It's the last game of the year and there'll certainly be nothing left in the tank when I come off the field."
The Dogs have played just twice in the past month, while the Tigers feel they might be more match-hardened after a tough run of post-season matches. Sunday is a big occasion for the Tigers, with the club also represented in the reserve grade and Ladies League grand finals. The Burgh are aiming to break a 20-year premiership drought in first grade.