Geraldine are the latest challengers to St Andrews' vice-like grip on the top spot in South Canterbury women's hockey.
The two teams will meet in the final at the Trust Aoraki Turf this afternoon.
Geraldine coach Carl Hardacre has demanded a lift in physicality for the match against the vastly experienced St Andrews side.
"Over the last four weeks we have gone soft . . . that comes from playing [lesser] teams like Timaru Girls' High School and Collegians and then there's a huge gap to [Craighead] and St Andrews and we're finding we're struggling.
"Playing two [semifinal] games over the past week wasn't necessarily a bad thing.
"The best thing about my girls is when the pressure goes on, they respond."
Both teams have plenty of attacking options, with Geraldine's Sarah O'Connell a regular on the scoresheet and Charlotte McCullough the main distributor, but the real interest will be whether Geraldine can shut down South Canterbury's best female player, Amber Boyce.
Hardacre also has injuries to worry about with Fiona Brown (wrist), Lorraine Ferreira (hamstring) and Amy McKercher (quad) all carrying niggles.
St Andrews have won three of the five encounters between the sides this year, with Geraldine winning once and the other match a draw.
The defending champions have been notorious in recent seasons for their lack of training between games but under new coach Tim Greenall they appear to be more focused.
Greenall said he had tried to implement a faster, stronger, male-style of play on the team while incorporating a basic approach to goal-scoring.
"I wanted them to be faster but also bring the skill-level up at the same time and that seems to have worked."
Greenall said Geraldine had a strong mid-field which would need to be neutralised to ensure victory.
St Andrews will also have the luxury of former Black Sticks goalie Anne-Marie McRae as the last line of defence.
The match begins at 1.30pm.
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