THE Muswellbrook Eagles' dream of going through the home and away season undefeated came to screeching halt for the Saturday all age side at the weekend.
Unfortunately for the local lads, they lost the final game 3-0 at Victoria Park to Hamilton Azzurri.
Having already locked in the minor premiership, it wasn't the most important fixture, but not an ideal way to enter the finals for the squad.
However, much of that squad is set to change for the semi, with midfielders Lindsey Smith and Max Nudd returning to the side along with preferred centre-back pairing Marty Stuart and Andy Nolan, as well as shot stopper Ben Walsh.
A win would send the team straight through to the grand final, giving significant importance to the match, which will played at 1.30pm at Victoria Park on Saturday.
The other final, which will be played between the Azzurri and Lambton Jaffas, will then follow at 3.30pm.
The Friday night squad will travel to neutral territory at Maitland to play Toronto Awaba, who they drew against last weekend.
Defender Mark Thorley paid respect to the opposition but said the side was hugely-excited to be part of finals and feels their form will hold them in good stead for the knockout stages.
"Over the course of the season we have really started to gel as a team, which is evident with an unbeaten second half of the season," he said.
"Despite them (Toronto) finishing fourth on the ladder, they are arguably the best outfit we have played this season but have been unlucky with injuries.
"We are confident of securing a win on Friday night with a proven ability to step up for the big games."
With both sides a strong chance to push for silverware this year, it's certainly an exciting time to be a football fan in Muswellbrook.