Newcastle men's representative hockey coach Dave Willott reckons his squad have "really clicked" as they reset for final showdowns at the NSW State Championships in Sydney.
The undefeated Novocastrians meet Metro South West at Liverpool City Hockey Complex on Monday (8:30am) for a spot in the title decider later that same afternoon.
Illawarra South Coast and Lithgow clash in the second semi-final (9:45am).
Willott has been impressed with his squad's showing so far at the 2019 tournament and hopes to progress further than last year's 2-1 semi-final loss to North West Sydney.
"It'll be tough because they [Metro South West] have got a decent side, but if we play how we have been playing then we'll give ourselves a good chance of going through," the Newcastle mentor said.
During the preliminary rounds across Saturday and Sunday, Newcastle easily accounted for Lithgow (4-1), Tamworth (4-3) and Sydney East (4-1) while edging past North West Sydney (4-3).
However, it has been contrasting results for a winless Newcastle women's team at the NSW State Championships in Bathurst and they will try to avoid division-one relegation on Monday.