MORISSET Bulls are confident of staking their claim to a grand final berth by defeating leaders Fingal Bay in their top of the table clash on Saturday.
After five wins and two losses the Bulls are only a single point out of second place on the pointscore ladder and coach Rod Bird said his players are set for battle.
Bird, a former top Wyong and The Entrance first grade lock, said his young team had been training hard for the match with Fingal Bay.
"The boys have an average age of 23 and a youthful approach to their football," Bird said.
"They are enthusiastic and we've worked especially on conditioning to raise fitness levels and also on team morale.
"The players have mixed socially a fair bit and they've got to know each other and it shows on the field with their combinations and team-work."
The Bulls were promoted to C grade from D grade this season after coming close to causing a major upset in last season's grand final when they led 24-22 against undefeated Gloucester with ten minutes remaining leaving Kelle Hall as the team's leading pointscorer this season with nine tries.
The Newcastle-Hunter C grade rugby league competition encounter will be played at Morisset's Neville Frost oval.