The Holroyd-Parramatta Goannas' senior men's team will play Pennant Hills in an AFL Sydney division one elimination final this weekend, with Goannas coach Shane Jorgensen saying marking and tracking back will be the key to victory.
"They are a very good passing side, so if you let them get loose and not be accountable they get on top of you.
"If you stay on top of them they can find it more difficult."
Jorgensen believes, as is often the case in AFL, the midfield is key to winning this match and keeping the Goannas' premiership hopes alive.
"The midfield are the ones that will make or break the match," Jorgensen said.
"They need to be accountable and run back as well as they run forward.
"Also the forwards need to put on defensive pressure as well."
The Goannas go into this match in good form, having won nine of their last 10 matches and believe they have the ability to stifle any opposition.
"We are very good around the contest; when the ball is in dispute that's when we are our best," Jorgensen said.
"So as long as we man up on them, [Pennant Hills] play to our strength."
The elimination final will be played at Blacktown International Sportspark, a neutral venue to both sides and a big ground, similar to both team's normal home grounds.
The Goannas already know how to win there, as it was the scene of a wet and boggy final round match for the Goannas last week, where they were 49-40 victors over University of NSW (UNSW), despite allowing four unanswered goals late in the match.
"We were probably a bit complacent after getting out to a few goals [lead] at three-quarter time and took the foot off a bit so UNSW kicked three goals straight."