TODAY is the sixth consecutive year Robin Hood have lined up in the Orange Netball Association division one grand final.
However, it’s unfamiliar territory for them, as they believe they are the underdogs.
Robin Hood have won the last five division one grand finals, including the last four against Life Studio (formerly Westoil).
This year Robin Hood claimed the minor premiership, but they are yet to beat Life Studio.
“It’s probably harder this year because we’re going in as the underdogs,” Robin Hood coach Cindy Gilchrist said.
“It’s a bit different because we haven’t had that tag before.”
Life Studio came out on top 56-54 against Robin Hood when they met in a thrilling game in round three.
When they were meant to clash in round 10, Life Studio were forced to forfeit due to injuries.
When they finally clashed again in the major semi-final, Life Studio won another tight one 54-53.
This meant Robin Hood had to take on Royal Hawks in last weeks’ preliminary final.
The minor premiers came out on top 58-54 and Gilchrist believes making the grand final the hard way will benefit her side.
“It’s been good because we’ve worked out what not to do,” Gilchrist explained.
“It’s been beneficial to play those extra games.”
Despite the rivalry between the two sides, Gilchrist said today’s decider will be like starting from scratch for both sides.
“Everything comes back to a level playing field in the grand final,” she said.
“Regardless of the season’s results, it’s all new for the grand final.”
The coach said her players have enjoyed a relaxed preparation in the lead up to today’s big game.
“The camaraderie in the team is amazing. Everyone is so close,” she said.
Gilchrist added while the team would love to claim a sixth-consecutive title, they are more focused on delivering a strong performance.
“They will be very happy with a win,” she said.
“They won’t be as happy if they lose, but if they play the way they want to, they’ll be happy.”
ROBIN HOOD: Kristy Sullivan, Lily Sims, Erin Taylor, Leigh Florence, Tegan Dray, Sarah Cooper, Lauren Williams, Sammie Spicer, Narelle Walsh