Goondiwindi Hawks to take on Coolaroo in Darling Downs AFL grand final

The Goondiwindi Hawks are primed for the 2019 Darling Downs AFL grand final.

They take on Coolaroo on Saturday at Rockville, Toowoomba.

It's their third appearance in three years and they are determined to make it third time lucky.

But they are certainly not taking anything for granted.

Coach Scott Grigg has developed a well-drilled, well-oiled machine over the past seven months but "nothing comes easy".

"Grand Finals are bloody hard to win, a lot of things have to go right," he said on Monday.

"We will have a strong focus on starting well, it's as simple as that, our leaders will have to be fierce competitors, they must set the standard from the first bounce, as a group we must be prepared to absorb every possible challenge of this game right from the first bounce."

They did that two weeks ago when they kicked seven goals against Coolaroo in the first quarter of the preliminary final.

"Coolaroo are a hard team to score against and play a strong defensive brand of football, we will be looking to make the most of our advantage structurally with some controlled aggression," he said.

The Hawks were hard at it two weeks ago with smothering defence. They'll need to do that again and sustain it.

"With the six-six-six formation you can gain an advantage if you gain stoppage control, it instantly brings your forwards into the game and we have some very handy ones," he said.

"The ability to win the ball at both ground level and in the air will go a long way to deciding the result as will decision making with ball in hand and ball movement patterns. We will also need to neutralise a few of their key play makers but I believe we have the group to deliver what's required to get the desired result this coming Saturday afternoon," he said.

The road to the grand final had a great start on Saturday when the Hawks' Charlie Youngman received the Holman Medal as the best player on the Downs.

A supporters' bus will depart from Gunsynd Bakery at 11.30am. Then - win or lose - the Grand Final after-party will be at the Royal Hotel Goondiwindi from 8.30pm. Anyone wanting to catch the bus contact Erinn on 0432 820 321.

The Goondiwindi Hawks are off to the Darling Downs AFL grand final on Saturday.

The Goondiwindi Hawks are off to the Darling Downs AFL grand final on Saturday.