Warilla coach Barney King admits the loss of star striker Tyler Foster will hurt his side in today's grand final against Helensburgh but believes his charges took a lot of confidence out of last week's thrilling 3-1 qualifying-final victory over Bellambi.
The Wanderers were down 1-0 for the bulk of the encounter before a Luke Everingham goal sent the match to extra-time and two more from Adrian Nikolovski and Luke Greathead booked their place in today's decider.
The dramatic victory came at a cost however, with Foster sent off midway through the second half.
"It's going to harm us," King admitted "I'm really disappointed for him because he's never played in a grand final before."
The Wanderers convincingly beat Helensburgh 4-2 during the regular season before going down in the major semi-final and King said both sides were well aware of the danger the other posed.
"We're expecting a tough, physical encounter," he said.
"I've got a good knowledge of what's going on with them and them us. We've got to change a few things with Tyler being out and I think we have to shut down Andrew Paine."
Warilla have lost the last two grand finals but King believes previous results won't affect the outcome today.
"We've lost the last two but teams I've coached have been involved in seven of the last eight. We know what it's like to lose and we know what it's like to win and we know which one we want."
A victory would atone for the Wanderers' failed bid at promotion this year.
"It's a bit of a shame that we didn't get to play for that promotional spot," King said.
"We've worked really hard this year and hopefully this is going to be some sort of a reward for a pretty tough season."
Meanwhile, in the Illawarra Premier League Youth decider, Dapto Dandaloo Fury are hoping to give Wollongong United a double dose of grand final pain tomorrow.
A 10-man Fury outfit pulled a rabbit out of the hat in last year's showpiece when they beat United 2-1 in extra time.
Fury skipper Jake Powell led the defending champions on that day and is planning to hand out a similar result.
"It is always a big game whenever we play and it's a grand final so it will be even bigger," Powell said.
The Fury are also looking to tie up their second straight League Championship and grand final double.