ILLAWARRA PREMIER LEAGUE FOOTBALL
The nerves involved in an elimination final could be considered a breeze compared to becoming a father for the first time.
For Tarrawanna's Tor Preece, it is something he will happily juggle.
He knows he is the lucky one.
Unlike his wife Kathryn, he will get the opportunity to play finals football tomorrow - a chance she missed out on last weekend.
A Christmas day due date meant Kathryn was pacing the sidelines instead of playing in Tarrawanna's 4-1 first grade grand final win over Albion Park.
"She is still involved, helping to manage and that sort of thing, you just can't keep her away," Preece said.
"Giving up sport for half the soccer season and then into [the] Austag season is the bit she has probably struggled to deal with the most."
Albeit in entirely different circumstances, Preece knows what it feels like to be warming the pine at this time of year.
The defender spent 36 weeks peeling the oranges after a knee injury ruled him out of the majority of last campaign.
Twelve months and a wedding band down the track, he is ecstatic to be on the pitch.
"From my perspective, I missed a lot of last season with injury so I am just as keen for round one as I am for semi-finals," he said.
"I am just taking every game as it comes because I am just happy to be playing again."
To keep the games going, Preece will need a win in tomorrow's elimination final against Olympic.
His Blueys will be looking to overturn a recent slump against Olympic, which has seen the club come up trumps just once in coach Luke McGuire's three-year tenure.
"They have had our number the last couple of games we have played them," Preece said.
"But everyone is up for it, we trained really well on Tuesday night and we are going in there confident but weary.
"They are a sharp team that has plenty of pace upfront and have been really hard to break down.
"I guess that is the formula for a successful team, strong and uncompromising at the back with plenty of pace and good finishers upfront."
While Preece was happy to praise his opponents, he wasn't about to undersell his own squad leading into their do-or-die fixture.
"I think I have been at Tarrawanna for five years now and this is the strongest team that we have had together," Preece said.
"I think we are capable on our day of taking down anyone.
"We didn't set our goals to make the finals this year.
"We set our goal for the grand final and nothing else."