Going to the big dance?

Orara Valley captain/coach Darryl Fisher is all too aware that the gap between victory and defeat in tomorrow's Group 2 Preliminary Final is all too great.

A victory over Port Macquarie will mean a berth in next week's Grand Final at Macksville.

Defeat sends the Axemen's season into oblivion.

"The grand final is the light at the end of the tunnel but I really think that we're just having a good time at the moment and the boys don't want it to end just yet," Fisher said.

In the first two weeks of this year's finals series, Orara have claimed the scalps of Sawtell and Macleay Valley and now the Axemen a riding a wave of momentum into tomorrow's big clash at Kempsey.

"I think we've taken plenty of confidence from last week's victory," the coach explained.

"The last couple of weeks haven't been the prettiest matches, especially with the conditions last week which made it pretty tough but I think we definitely lifted a little bit last week and played some pretty good football."

Standing in the Axemen's way of a ticket to football's big dance is Port Macquarie but Fisher hasn't been working overtime watching the opposition.

"I always focus on what we've got to do," he said.

"I think if we do the things that we try and do every week, we should be pretty competitive.

"Obviously Port are a very good defensive team and to get points against them you need your fair share of the ball so we need to focus on making sure we get that and then we should be OK."

The last time Port Macquarie and Orara Valley faced each other off in battle, the Sharks prevailed 14-12 in a dour struggle.

A similar style of match should be played out tomorrow and while not the most attractive football to watch, Fisher believes it's worth every penny of the seven dollars spectators are asked to pay to get in.

"I think it's exciting though. Last time, even though there weren't a lot of points scored, it was a good match and I figure it was a good game to watch to be honest."

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