ORANGE City have one focus ahead of Saturday’s Blowes Clothing Cup grand final - themselves.
The Lions will host Parkes in the first grade decider with both sides attracting plenty of attention on their way to the grand final.
Orange City took out the 2012 title without a loss and have also gone through this season undefeated to claim the minor premiership.
Parkes had a tough preliminary final last Saturday against Cowra to book a spot in the decider.
The Boars finished regulation time locked at 25-all with Cowra and the score remained unchanged after extra-time.
Parkes went through to the grand final because they finished the regular season higher than Cowra on the competition ladder.
Orange City co-coach Steve Hamson said knowing who his side’s opponent was wouldn’t change anything for the Lions.
“We learnt a lesson a couple of years ago when we tried to prepare too much for who we thought we would go up against,” Hamson said.
“We need to focus on what we can do well.
“Parkes will be who they are. If we start worrying about the new prop they’ve brought in or the different centre they have, we’ll get too wound up.
“We’ll just focus on ourselves and what we can do.”
The Lions had last Tuesday off from training but were back on Thursday with a tough session before having a run again on the weekend.
“We’re not looking for contact now,” Hamson explained.
“We need to maintain fitness and keep the miles in the legs. We’ll just work on our game plan.”
Parkes have provided Orange City with their toughest challenge this season.
When they met in round nine in Parkes, the Lions had to come from behind to score a 24-21 win on the final siren.
They met again a week later in Orange where the Lions came out on top 26-15.
In the major semi-final less than two weeks ago, it was more one-sided with the Lions securing a 45-12 victory and the right to host the grand final.
Hamson said his players were keen to line up against Parkes one last time this season.
“Everyone is looking forward to playing Parkes,” he said.
“Everyone is excited to have the opportunity to try and defend back-to-back [premierships] and go through undefeated. There’s been longer [undefeated] stints in the past but in modern day football it’s a very rare thing. They should be very proud of what they’ve achieved.”
Hamson believes Parkes will have to do something special if they want to lift the premiership trophy on Saturday.
“They’ll have to be good,” he said.
Saturday’s first grade grand final at Pride Park will kick off at 3.15pm.