Kodi Jacques says Port Melbourne VFLW's strong debut season in the league will give the Borough a boost of confidence as they approach their inaugural finals campaign.
The team won 10 out of 14 games in the home and away season to finish in third spot in the ladder and secure a finals berth.
They'll face the Southern Saints in an elimination final this Sunday, July 4 at ETU Stadium from 2.00pm.
"It's a real credit to Lachie (Harris) and his coaching staff and the group down at Port Melbourne," Jacques said.
"They won the first six games of the season without any AFLW players at all, so I think that shows they are the best team in the competition with a VFLW list."
AFLW Tiger Jacques played the final four games of the season with Port Melbourne, alongside a number of other AFLW Tigers who were keen to play out the 2021 VFLW season through the two clubs' alignment.
"We're really excited as a new team coming into the competition, and we've got a few Richmond girls down there which is nice," Jacques said.
"It's a really good vibe around the group, we really connect, and walking through those gates...we're all Borough people and we love it down there.
Jacques has relished the opportunity to develop her game with the Borough and has impressed in her four outings, averaging 15 disposals per game.
"It's been awesome," the 20-year-old said.
"It means I can go down there and share a bit of my knowledge and take on a bit of feedback from the other girls and the coaches and put that into my game.
"I feel like I'm really pulling some strong games together throughout the VFLW that are holding me in good stead ahead of the upcoming AFLW season."
Having played in the VFLW finals series for the Tigers back in 2019, Jacques is looking forward to bringing that experience into Sunday's challenge.
"Playing finals is a completely different vibe to during the season," Jacques said.
"The competition goes up another level. (2019 taught me to) keep composure, keep a steady head and stick to the process."
Crowds will be permitted at Sunday's elimination final, which also will be broadcast live through the VFL Channels.
2021 VFLW Finals
Collingwood v Geelong (Qualifying Final)
Saturday, July 3
Port Melbourne v Southern Saints (Elimination Final)
Sunday, July 4
Casey Demons v Essendon (Elimination Final)
Saturday July 3
Week Two: Semi Finals
First Semi-Final - Loser of Qualifying Final v Lower ranked winner from Elimination Finals
Second Semi-Final - Winner of Qualifying Final v Higher ranked winner from Elimination Finals
Week Three: Preliminary Final
First Preliminary Final - Loser of Second Semi-Final v Winner First Semi-Final
Week Four: Grand Final
Sunday, July 25
Grand Final - Winner of Second Semi-Final v Winner Preliminary Final
Ikon Park, Time TBC