Win, lose or draw, reigning champions Avondale have vowed to enjoy the occasion in today's grand final with Camden at WIN Stadium.
The Wombats are contesting their fifth premiership decider in six years, while Camden haven't reached the big stage since their 14-6 loss to Shamrocks in the 1996 grand final.
Avondale are also playing grand finals in second and third grade today, ensuring they will have a large following in the stands.
Coach James Patrick believes his free-wheeling team plays its best football when the focus is on fun.
"The club's pumped. It's going to be a big day," he said.
"You take these things into your own hands on the day, and whatever becomes of it, becomes of it.
"We enjoyed the week and soaked up the last couple of days before the game. Regardless of what happens, we're going to have a good time.
"It's been a long season and it's a big honour to be there at the end. We're going to enjoy the day, and the rest of the weekend."
After an unconvincing start to their title defence, the Wombats slowly but surely played themselves into form in the second round.
They wrapped up the minor premiership with six straight wins to finish the season, averaging an eye-popping 73.5 points over the final four games.
But the one team they haven't conquered all year is Camden, which includes a 20-18 defeat in the major semi-final after Avondale led for all but the final five minutes.
"I don't think we'll change too much. We just have to play 80 minutes," Patrick said.
"We had them for 85 per cent of the game and we couldn't hold on, so it's about finishing the game and not slackening off every now and then.
"There's always momentum swings in games and it depends who takes them. Certain times in the game we both had our opportunities, and they just capitalised a little better at the end."
Avondale advanced to the grand final with last week's 29-17 defeat of University in the preliminary final.
Patrick expects to start with the same side against the Rams.
"The boys pulled through pretty good," he said.
"We didn't do too much this week, just monitoring and managing some little injuries.
"They trained well [on Thursday night] and I think they're up for it."
Despite having a vast advantage in finals experience, the Wombats are a little jumpy.
"I think the boys are very nervous, which is a good thing, because if you're not nervous you probably shouldn't play," Patrick said.
"There's a couple of boys who are playing their first grand final, and that's exciting for them and for me as a coach.
"It must be a buzz for Camden as well, knowing that it's been 15 years since they made the finals, and even longer since they made the grand final. [Coach] Brendan [Schoupp] will have them ready to go.
"They've got some really good players, a guy like [Rams captain] Gavin [Holder] who's done a lot for Illawarra rugby, not just Camden rugby. They've got some big-name players that can play big games."
The future of Illawarra Rugby will be on display in this morning's under-20 colts grand final between traditional rivals Shamrocks and Vikings.
Avondale and Camden meet in second grade, while Tech Waratahs take on Avondale in third grade.
1st grade: Camden v Avondale, WIN Stadium (3pm)
2nd grade: Avondale v Camden, WIN Stadium (1pm)
Colts (u20): Shamrocks v Vikings, WIN Stadium (11am)
3rd grade: Tech Waratahs v Avondale, WIN Stadium (9.30am)