EACH week Upwey-Tecoma keep getting stronger and with each win get closer to the Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League division 1 grand final.
The Tigers beat Wandin by 39 points in the elimination semi-final on Saturday.
They now face Woori Yallock at Alexandrea Recreation Reserve in the preliminary final this Saturday for the right to face Gembrooke Cockatoo in the division 1 grand final.
The Tigers, even though they are reigning premiers, were in bottom-spot midway through the season after a string of injuries left the side painfully young.
But in the tight YVMDFL the Tigers gradually got players back and strung wins together, just scraping into the finals then winning their opening two finals matches.
Tigers coach Greg Spence said his side had turned on a dominant performance against Wandin.
"The boys seemed to dominate the game from the outset even though we kicked poorly into the blustery wind in the opening quarter," he said.
"We knew they were a good outside-running team, so we had to put pressure on the ball carrier and the pressure and implied pressure that we put on was fantastic and we forced a lot of turnovers."
Spence said the Tigers list was now close to full heading into the preliminary final.
"Every week our confidence grows. But we can only take it week by week although the confidence and belief in the group is high and this team has played a lot of finals footy over the past two years.
"We are in control of our destiny."
Spence said Woori Yallock was a similar side to the Tigers with lots of young players in their side.
Woori has beaten the Tigers in both their meetings this season.
"Both teams match up well," he said.
"They play a lot of kids and so do we.
"We are both very good running, skilful sides."