PREVIEW: IT'S time for the KNTFL's big one.
Penola and Keith will on Saturday meet for the flag at Lucindale - the first grand final in KNT history to be held away from Naracoorte or Bordertown.
Penola got direct qualification to the grand final after finishing the home and away season in third with qualifying final wins against Keith on a muddy Mundulla oval and then Bordertown at Keith in the second semi.
Keith proceeded to a preliminary final match-up with top of the table Bordertown last weekend via a first semi-final win over Mundulla at Kyby.
The Crows did it at Padthaway on the weekend without Jon Wilson.
The league medal runner-up suffered an injury at Kyby and would be a long shot to take the field this weekend.
His teammates rolled on in his absence, beating the Roosters to earn the grand final berth.
With a total of 16 goals across his three finals Jimmy McEntee looms as the lynchpin for Keith.
Against Penola he only kicked one but to say the conditions on the day didn't suit big marking forwards would be the understatement of the year.
Further up the field and the clash of the big men is another notable.
Virgo Mail medallist Dylan Coxon (Penola) and Keith tall timber Hugo Drogemuller are arguably the two best rucks in the league and they will be head to head again.
Between Coxon's bash and crash game style, getting less of the ball in terms of disposals but impacting a lot of contests, and Drogemuller's agility, the two sides more or less have an extra midfielder with the pair certainly not fitting the usual definition of a ruckman.
Venturing forward for Penola the goalkicking machine Adam Merrett will be rested after the week off and ready to cause headaches for his next opponent.
Seamus McMurray is likely to get first go at containing Merrett but will need a hand.
Steve Molineux, Nick Hunt and Craig Statham can all cover a key post and should McMurray struggle they can take the job.
But they will be hoping the service to the forward line is negated, with Merrett more often than not the beneficiary of great service from Penola's star midfield brigade of Lachie Jones, Ben McIntyre and Matt Willson. Jones is under an injury cloud after being helped from the field two weeks ago but the Scott McFarlane Memorial Trophy winner will have done all he can to take the field this weekend.
Most would tip Penola to win and claim their first flag since 2003, but anything can happen on the day.
In the reserves Penola are also represented. This time they are the underdogs, coming up against the undefeated Naracoorte.
After a very close win in the preliminary final, the Eagles will want to step up their game and play four quarters of footy against the Demons - who have clearly been the best side all year.
Stranger things have happened in grand finals so this one is still up in the air.
The pairing of Jeff Sellars in the midfield and Fraser Day up forward is the danger for Penola, with the Demon pair having a stellar year - Sellars was runner-up in the Johnson Medal and Day was the reserves competition's leading goalkicker for 2013.
Penola's key players include the resolute Josh Doyle, who played a great game in defence last weekend against Mundulla, and ruckman Brad Maney.
In the senior colts it's Kybybolite against Kingston.
With a host of players playing regular A grade throughout the year Kyby will be hard to beat, especially after a week's rest.
Joe FitzGerald, Bill Munn and Sean Munn have all been solid A graders at Tigerland, with Brodie Arundell and Isaac Noles also tasting senior action.
This experience against bigger bodies has done wonders for their development and gives them a hard edge when coming back to playing kids their age.
For Kingston they were impressive against Bordertown in the preliminary final but there is some doubt surrounding the fitness of Lehmann Medallist Jake Wehl.
The talented midfielder went down late in the game with a leg injury and was carried from the field in a lot of pain.
His absence would make a tough task for the Saints even harder.
Bordertown play Naracoorte in the junior colts.
Bordertown ruckman Harry Fromm looms as a key man for his side with the well-developed big man towering over most kids his age.
Naracoorte have set the pace for much of the year but Bordertown have a lot of kids to draw from.
The Demons will be looking to spearhead Jacksen Adams to kick a score but also hoping they can spread the goals around to stretch the Bordertown defence.