Gundagai captain Luke Berkrey believes the Tigers' home ground advantage will be 'massive' in Sunday's second semi-final against Southcity.
The two heavyweights of the Group Nine competition will go head-to-head in another big game on Sunday as the Tigers look to book their place in a fifth consecutive grand final.
A final round win over Tumut was enough for Gundagai to secure the minor premiership, and more importantly a home second semi-final at Anzac Park.
The Tigers have not been beaten at home since round two last year and Berkrey believes it will be a massive advantage in Sunday's showdown against the Bulls.
"I think it's massive," Berkrey said.
"The last couple of years it's been huge and we've gone up a gear at home.
"It doesn't mean just because we're at home we automatically play well, we've still got to go out there and do it but it always goes up another level when you run at home, there is always a great crowd and it's a great place to play."
Southcity was the last team to bring Gundagai undone at Anzac Park with a 28-22 win on April 22 last year.
But repeating that effort is harder than it looks as the Bulls found out earlier this year when going down 34-0.
Southcity will take some confidence from their last meeting however, at Harris Park, when they downed the Tigers 34-28, a performance the Tigers are keen to avenge.
"Last time they did the job on us...they were a bit better all over the park that day," Berkrey said.
"Since then we've played some pretty good footy so I'm pretty confident we can turn it around."
Berkrey believes one key area will have a large say on the contest.
"Our defence the last time we played, against Tumut, was great. They only scored one try off a kick," he said.
"Southcity have a strong defensive structure as well so we've got to try and break them out of their structure for us to play well and for us that will be running hard to put some dents in their defence."
Berkrey, 26, said he has enjoyed his first year with the captaincy at Gundagai.
"Nothing much has really changed for me," he said.
"Obviously we've got some very good leaders at Gundagai in Blake Dunn, Cameron Woo, James Smart, guys that have been there and done that before.
"I flip a coin before that but apart from that nothing much has changed for me. I'm lucky we've got some really good people there."
With a similar squad to years gone by, Gundagai has a lot of premiership experience to draw on as they look to go back-to-back and claim their third title in five years.
Berkrey said there was no question that the hunger to succeed was still alive and well within the group.
"One hundred per cent. I don't know anyone that doesn't love winning," he said.
"You don't just play the game to win grand finals but it's certainly a massive thing and what you strive for every year. I know personally, and I can speak for our whole side, you never get sick of winning.
"You never lose that hunger for winning, I believe."