West Coast skipper Darren Glass believes the youngsters in his side won't be fazed by their first taste of September action when they take on Collingwood in next Saturday's qualifying final.
Although the Eagles still boast several 2006 premiership players, like Glass, Dean Cox and Norm Smith medallist Andrew Embley to name a few, they could also go into the clash with the reigning premiers with up to 11 finals' debutants.
Glass, however, feels his youngsters will rise to the occasion despite any nerves they might have.
"It'll be a step up for sure but this year we've played in some big games already," Glass said on Monday in a joint press conference with coach John Worsfold.
"We've played games against Carlton over there already this year, we've already played Collingwood at the 'G."
"It's amazing how unaware of the crowd you are when you're playing, so I don't think it will be an issue."
"When you're out there ... often you're just playing on instinct. Most players are so focused on the ball and the game that the crowd becomes somewhat of a non-factor."
"It will be a significant step up but five or 10 minutes into the game, things will settle down and the players will find out that it's just another game."
Glass also felt he didn't need to give the youngsters any extra advice.
"Not a lot to be honest," was his response when asked what he'd say to them throughout the week to keep them focussed on the job at hand.
"Players take the week how it comes. Some players like to treat it differently, others just like another game, each to their own."
"Once the ball's bounced, all that stuff is forgotten and you just play footy."
The Eagles are facing a Collingwood side that's expected to rebound fiercely from their 96-point drubbing at the hands of Geelong last Friday night.
But despite expecting a Magpie onslaught, Glass feels his side's consistency throughout the season will hold them in good stead regardless of what's thrown at them.
"One of the things about the group this year is we've rocked up to play every week," Glass said.
"Only once has a side got hold of us - Collingwood at the 'G - but I don't think that day was through lack of effort."
"I'm not too sure many sides can say they've rocked up every week."
"I think that's the hallmark of any good side, you have to perform consistently week in, week out, quarter after quarter, minute after minute and I think we've shown that we've been able to do that all season."
"We've had some bad quarters here or there, but I'm confident this group can play some really good footy and go deep into the finals."