UNDEFEATED throughout the regular season, Sawtell is hoping last week's major semi-final loss is the reality check it needs.
In almost identical circumstances to last season, Plantation Diggers secured the first grand final spot by upsetting a highly favoured Sawtell side at Richardson Park.
Going into the match cold after a month of rain delays veteran batsman Rod Buckle said it was always going to be a hard slog and it showed on the day.
"We had a good talk after the game and all the boys were not impressed with the way team played," Buckle said.
"Our batting hasn't really taken off this season even though we have managed to still get the results.
"To let it all go now would be a disaster and we are determined to not let that happen."
Playing on home turf at Richardson Park, Buckle was clear his Sawtell side will need to quickly rebound if it's to avoid consecutive defeats.
"Last time we played Colts they really pushed us to the wire," he said.
"While our batting still needs plenty of work we are confident in the form of our bowlers. We need to put in a much improved performance and I am confident the boys will be up for it."
After weeks of heavy rain Buckle said this weekend's deck will deliver a competitive wicket for this weekend's clash.
"The pitch is looking fantastic," Buckle said.
Play is set to get under way today and tomorrow from 1pm.
The winner will play Plantation Diggers in next weekend's grand final.