After winning just two matches last season Dennington are back in the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association finals, ready to take on the reigning premiers.
The Dogs will play Russells Creek at D. W. Jones Oval this weekend with the hope of causing an upset.
Dennington coach Dustin Drew said his side needed to get off to a good start and take the game on.
"We're underdogs, they're on top for a reason, they're a well-led side and they're going to be awfully hard to beat," he said.
"But cricket is a funny game.
"Whether it's bat or ball, we've just got to start well."
Drew has played in numerous finals and said he expected a tough contest.
Dennington wicket-keeper batsman Stui Brown said he was excited for the semi-final.
"We're absolutely stoked to be in the finals, it's going to be an unbelievable game," he said.
"We're going to have to win the big moments of the game, take the 10 wickets and bat the 80 overs."
He said Xavier Beks and Chris Cheslin had been in fine form.
"Those two have been bowling extremely well in past couple of weeks," he said.
The Dogs finished fourth on the ladder.
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