Stuart's bid for three-peat

RIVALS: Stuart Captain Mitchell Hass and Steel City Captain Stacey Theologou will collide in the A Grade.
RIVALS: Stuart Captain Mitchell Hass and Steel City Captain Stacey Theologou will collide in the A Grade.

Stuart Hockey Club will be gunning for hockey immortality when they clash with nemesis Steel City in the A grade Men's hockey grand final this weekend.

The boys in red will look to continue the green machine's misery as they aim for a three-peat of A grade premierships, having dealt Steel losses in the last two deciders.

Stuart will be led by Whyalla News medallist Matt Yendall at centre half, who will be feeding the ball to their formidable centre forward, Kale Todd, who has turned in another impressive season.

Meanwhile Steel, who are hoping to avenge the heartache of conesctuive grand final losses, will look for big performances from young gun Nathan Tavra and veteran centre half Stacey Theologou.

Stuart coach Ben Hall said his team has a great balance of verteran experience and youthful energy, which has led to a very high quality season.

"It's been awesome, we've grown teremendously," he said.

"We lost Josh Aspey, another Whyalla News medallist, but gained Matt Yendall - Matt has been incredible this year."

Coach Hall said he's confident that key forward Kale Todd will do his thing in front of goal, on the back of a season where he has scored 30+ goals.

"He's killed it up there so I would love to see him put a few goals away early, but everyone has to play their part," he said.

Steel coach Jesse O'Keefe expects the match to be a tough ask for his side, but is confident they will give it their all after having been close to Stuart all year.

"Stacey always finds a way to impact the game, Nathan really gives us a lot of drive going forward, and Darryl Raymond in the back will be important for us," he said.

"Hopefully it will be third time lucky, but everything has to go right for us in order for that to happen."

The two rival sides will also meet in the B grade grand final, with Steel going in as the favourites this time after dropping just one game - a loss to Stuart - for the whole year.

Steel coach Matthew Bennett said his side would need to overcome the mental barrier of having lost to Stuart in previous Grand Finals, but was hopeful they could push through.

"We have a lot of young players coming up through Under 16's and a lot of older heads as well," he said.

"Thomas Hobba and Jamison Smith have been huge for us through the midfield."

Stuart Coach Ben Hall said Ford and Ron King, playing at centre half and centre forward respectively, would be key to his team's success on the day.

"We have a lot of speed and a lot of wisdom as well so between the two hopefully we can get the job done," he said.

With the side low on numbers, a number of women have stepped up to support Stuart throughout this season, and several have been named in their finals team.

"They have done an amazing job, they have saved us from a few forfeits and continue to improve every game," Coach Hall said.