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HEYFIELD and Glengarry will square off at Rosedale in a monumental North Gippsland Football Netball League clash with the winner advancing to the grand final.

Aiming to reach a second straight final under his coaching reign, Adrian Cox’s Kangaroos have been at the forefront of the competition all season.

Heyfield finished the home and away rounds three games clear of its nearest rival, with this week’s opponent Glengarry a further two rungs behind the Kangaroos on the premiership ladder standings.

Eight weeks have passed since Heyfield and Glengarry last did battle in round 11.

Going into that contest on the back of four straight victories, the Magpies turned their previous 89-point loss into a five-goal victory.

However, Heyfield president John Tyquin was not worried by past results and was confident that the young side had evolved.

“The young guys have grown and matured as the year has gone on, with such a young group you don’t know what you are going to get each week,” he said.

“We have seen throughout the season how even the competition has been, even more so than last (year), and Glengarry are certainly one of the best sides left in the battle for the premiership.

“No one can say any team (is) a “monty” that’s for sure.”

Speaking on behalf of coach Cox, Tyquin was realistic about the enormity of the task ahead.

“It’s a big challenge, Glengarry will be tough opposition which they showed on Saturday,” Tyquin said.

With the seniors and reserves to compete on Saturday, positions in the line-ups will be hotly contested.

“We are very fortunate that we have 26 to 28 guys that could fit into the senior side easily which of course doesn’t fit into 22,” Tyquin said.

“It’s a great thing for the club to have that luxury where we have guys that can come into the side and fill the void just as well, but it’s obviously a tough job for selectors and will be on Thursday night.”