The New England Nomads are one step closer to a grand final dream after toppling Tamworth Swans in their semi-final clash on Saturday.
The wintery, blustery conditions wreaked havoc on the Aussie Rules field but a few adjustments to their game plan saw the Nomads pervail 9.11-65 to 2.7-19.
"The way the weather was, I think it was quite a convincing win," player-coach James Treweeke said.
"It felt like we really put it to them so it was good to see.
"Our skills were quite good considering the conditions which always helps.
"Our structures really held up, we were really to lock it in our forward line and really hold it up there and keep putting scoreboard pressure on which is what we really need to do to win games."
Treweeke couldn't fault anyone's performance and gave accolades to a host of the squad's young guns who made the step up from under-17s.
"It was a really contested battle and the boys held their own in one-on-one contests and even won it so it was quite pleasing to watch," Treweeke said.
"Young Dylan Moore had to play a lot of games this year, through injuries.
"I wasn't expecting it and he probably wasn't expecting it either, to play a lot of games, but he has become quite un-droppable really, he has really stepped up. He stepped up again on the weekend and he was awesome.
"Ryan Swann as well. Played most of the game, backing up from juniors he got a bit tight towards the end there and I suppose the weather contributed as well."
The Nomads will have their work cut out for them this Saturday if they want to make the grand final.
They will face minor premiers Inverell Saints at home who were beaten by Gunnedah on Saturday in the major semi-final 12.8-80 to 4.11-35.
"Massive, massive game. To be honest, playing up in Inverell is hard at any time and playing them in the prelim finals is a little bit less pressure than if it was the grand final," Treweeke said.
"It is going to be a massive match and I think they are going to be quite annoyed from their performance on the weekend so they will be really up and about and really wanting to put it towards us so we will have to be right on the ball from the get-go.
"I suppose we will probably have to play our best game of footy all year to get into the grand final but it is a challenge all our boys are up for and are all looking forward to it."
Despite the enormity of the task at hand, Treweeke has faith his side can beat any team, they just need to step up.
"I think we are going the right way. Last week I think the boys realised we have the ability and the team to go all the way," he said.
"The big win we had on the weekend, everyone is just really looking forward to it and really keen to get out there again and try and get the win and make it to the grand final."