RED-HOT favourites Slaithwaite Saracens will be setting their sights on going one better than last year and re-claiming the Holliday Cup.
But first of all they have to get the better of Emley Moor in their home semi-final tomorrow.
Form would suggest the Pennine League Premier Division Saracens will be far too strong for their visitors, who are struggling at the foot of the Championship Division.
Under normal circumstances that would be the case.
But with Moor having absolutely nothing to lose and after such a long festive break which can seriously affect a side’s form, the final outcome is a little more difficult to predict, especially when local pride is thrown into the mix.
The key for Slaithwaite, however, is making sure they get the chance to make up for last season’s Holliday Cup final defeat at the hands of Premier Division rivals St Joseph’s.
Saracens were desperate to retain their trophy that day, but saw a half-time lead slip away as Joe’s snatched the prize from their grasp.
That loss is still painful for Slaithwaite to take, and they’ll be desperate to claim back Huddersfield amateur rugby league’s major trophy by seeing off Moor and then finishing the job off in the traditional Easter Monday final at Lockwood Park.
Standing in their way that day will be either Underbank Rangers or Newsome Panthers, who meet in what could be an intriguing tie at The Cross.
Hosts Underbank are at the heart of the Third Division title race, while Newsome are in the Division I promotion battle.
That makes the Panthers the slight favourites, especially after their dramatic injury-time triumph over holders Joe’s in the last round.
But Rangers will be determined to make the most of home advantage, with The Cross having claimed so many notable victims over recent years.
Panthers’ second string are also in Huddersfield knock-out action tomorrow and will be hoping a club double can be completed when they travel to Slaithwaite Saracens A in the first round of the James Joseph Conlan Memorial Trophy.
With St Joseph’s interest in the Holliday Cup already over, they turn their attentions back to their Premier Division campaign and a home game against fellow strugglers Queensbury.
And the Huddersfield side will be hoping a morale-boosting Fartown triumph will help kick-start their season and signal a positive 2012.
Lindley Swifts are another side who will be keeping their fingers crossed the new year brings a change of fortunes.
They have just two wins to their name so far this season, although a trip to in-form Moorends Thorne Marauders could make it tough to claim win No3 this weekend.
In Division IV, St Joseph’s A travel to Whitworth Spartans, while there’s a derby battle in Division VII as Emley Moor A tackle Underbank Rangers A.