Pirates will have the chance to avenge last year's grand final disappointment after blowing Glen Innes off the park in the first game of their New England women's 7s major semi-final at Walcha on Saturday to seal the first spot in the decider.
The minor premiers showed why they had finished on top, putting on a masterclass to run out 29-nil victors.
The Elkettes bounced back in what was a much tighter second game, winning 15-12 to hand Pirates their first loss of the season.
But the damage had been done in the first game with Pirates' superior combined score across the two matches seeing them advance to their second successive grand final.
Last year they made the Central North decider but were beaten by Gunnedah.
Post-match assistant coach Kath Little said making the grand final again shows that they have "got a really good group of players and really good group of coaches and club culture".
They were dominant almost from the opening whistle of the first game with Lara De Jong crossing after barely a minute. From there they were pretty well camped in the Glen Innes half only some good scrambling defence from the Elkettes saving them on several occasions.
Pirates captain Claudia Nielsen was again impressive bagging three tries.
With a lot of ground to make up, Glen Innes came out firing in the second game, captain Sarah Byrne burning the Pirates defence from deep inside her half and running away to score virtually from the kick-off.
Pirates hit back through Erika Maslen to level the scores at half-time.
Rosie Ferguson then put them ahead but the Elkettes scored two unanswered tries, the last in the final minute of the game, to take the win.
"It was a great game, a little disappointing that we didn't come away with the win but that's sevens rugby," Little said.
It can "go any way" and one game can be "completely different" to the last.
"It only takes one pass not to go the way you want it to, or slip off one tackle, and that can be it," she said.
Knowing that they were in a pretty strong position they did in that second game also give a few of their bench players a bit more game time.
Little said what one of the things she is really proud about is the way they are able to reset and go back to the game plan.
"They're able to go out there, settle themselves and then start working as one unit again and I think that's what's most important and I think that's something we do quite well and will continue to work on," she said.
"We've got two weeks now to recover a little bit."
"We've got a few little niggling injuries going forward but we can recover and regroup and be ready to go out there and execute the game plan on grand final day."