East Perth coach Brian Dawson says his players hold no fears heading into Sunday's preliminary final against hot favourites Claremont at Claremont Oval.
The Tigers won 17 home-and-away games this season - the most of any minor premiers since they achieved the same feat in 2010 - but were beaten by West Perth in the second semifinal last Sunday.
Claremont have beaten East Perth in both previous meetings this year by an average of 41 points and have been widely tipped to advance to a fourth consecutive grand final.
But confidence is high in the East Perth camp following their stunning 28-point win over Swan Districts in last week's first semifinal.
And Dawson said the Royals would not be intimidated by a side gunning for its third successive premiership.
"I don't think you want to go into any final with a fear so, no, there's no fear," Dawson said.
"We understand that it's going to be a hell of a challenge and a real contest, but there's certainly no fear.
"If we can bring our best then we believe that can be good enough."
Claremont coach Marc Webb dismissed the previous encounters with East Perth, pointing to the fact his team had also beaten West Perth twice in the home-and-away season before being upset last week.
Webb won four premierships as a player with Subiaco before coaching Claremont to a WAFL and Foxtel Cup double in his first year at the helm last season.
Webb said his players lacked the hunger and intent required in finals when beaten by the Falcons, but he had seen vast improvement at training over the past few days.
"On Monday night there were a lot of guys who were really disappointed in their efforts and I think they're pretty hungry for this week," he said.
"If anything, you're going to see a lot more determined group.
"If we come with the right mindset we'll give ourselves the best opportunity."
A huge carrot is dangling in front of East Perth, with the prize for upsetting Claremont this week coming in the form of a derby grand final against arch rivals West Perth the next weekend.
A Royals-Falcons decider would likely draw the biggest WAFL attendance in more than a decade.
A crowd of 31,382 turned out to see East Perth beat West Perth in their last grand final meeting, in 2002.
But despite the potential for a blockbuster derby decider, Dawson wouldn't let his side look past this week.
"We're not getting ahead of ourselves in any way," Dawson said. "We knew it was a two-step process to get to a grand final and we've covered one of them.
"We've got another step to go and we understand that won't be easy, but you don't expect it to be easy in finals either."