Kevin Proctor knows all about this time of year.
The experienced Kiwi is in the midst of his eighth finals series in nine years since making his debut in 2008.
Saturday night’s Preliminary final against the Raiders will be the 12th finals game of his career, making him one of the side’s most experienced players at this time of year.
It is the type of experience that will prove crucial with a fierce contest expected at AAMI Park.
The Raiders will make the trip south full of plenty of confidence, having won 11 of their last 12 games.
Proctor knows full well what will be required for the men in purple to have a chance of progressing to next week.
“It is important to prepare as well as you can and give yourself the best opportunity you can to play well, it is a big game this weekend,” Proctor said.
“They will come out firing in the first 10 (minutes) and hopefully we can weather that storm and get on top of their pack.
“Hopefully our boys get going forward and make it a bit easier on our edges.”
The Preliminary final will kick off at AAMI Park this Saturday night at 7.40pm.
Yet another big crowd is expected for what will also be Cooper Cronk’s 300th NRL game.