EAST Wagga-Kooringal stalwart Brocke Argus knows better than most how tough it is just to make finals let alone win flags.
But the forward hasn't needed to drum into the the Hawks youngsters the importance of making Saturday's Farrer League grand final against North Wagga count - coach Matt Hard has it covered.
The 27-year-old arrived at the Hawks a decade ago when they were on the end of regular beltings, and had to wait for his third grand final appearance in 2016 to claim a premiership.
The Hawks go in confident after beating top four sides in their last three games, including consecutive finals victories over Marrar and the Saints to become the first team into the decider.
"We used to get beaten by 150-odd points religiously when I first started. I relish every chance to play a final and every chance to get into the grand final," Argus said.
"I've lost two of them (grand finals in 2014-15) and won one, it would be good to even up the old ledger but it's not going to be an easy ask. We're going to have to play our best football to get North Wagga because they're up and about.
"I don't need to play bring that up to the guys (seizing the opportunity) because Matty plays on that. He's been reiterating the last five or six weeks that you don't have an opportunity to make finals, let alone grand finals (that often), so take the opportunity with both hands otherwise you look back at your career and ask 'what if'."
After a tough schedule Argus said the week off should be an advantage before their re-match with minor premiers the Saints, who they beat by 15 points in the qualifying final a fortnight ago.
The Marrar game was tough and then followed up by North Wagga, it's a good thing for bodies and getting over some niggles," Argus said.
Versatile Hawk Brenton Roberts will play his 250th game in the grand final after he missed the 2016 flag with a shoulder injury.
"It's a big day for Brenton but knowing him he'll put the team first before his accolades and hopefully we can celebrate with a win," Hard said.
"In any milestone game we try and look after the boys, whether that be a round three match at Barellan or in a grand final."
Saturday's grand final gets underway at Robertson Oval at 2.45pm.
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