Eleven Ayr players named in the 22-man match-day squad for tomorrow's RBS National Cup final with Gala will be looking to lift the trophy at the national stadium for the third time in a row.

Boroughmuir won the cup in 2000 and 2001, but if the Millbrae side can repeat their successes in 2010 and 2011 tomorrow they will make history. For Grant Anderson, Steven Manning, Ross Curle, Mark Stewart, Cammy Taylor, Stuart Fenwick, Gordon Sykes, Scott Sutherland, Andy Dunlop, A J McFarlane and Andy Wilson, the occasion would have an added significance.

"It is great for the club to be in the final for the third time in a row and for us to have players who have been at Murrayfield before and won there before will be a boost," said Peter Laverie, Ayr's assistant coach.

"It can be quite a daunting place for players to play, but the guys know what it is all about and are really wanting this trophy. To lose out on a British & Irish Cup place was very disappointing as we have set ourselves high standards over the years, so we want to finish on a high."

Of the other 11 Ayr players on duty tomorrow, only two – Robbie Colhoun and Andrew Kelly – were involved in the 25-21 win over Melrose a year ago. Out of the nine players that will take part in the occasion for the first time in their careers, teenage stand-off Robbie Fergusson is certainly one to watch out for as is fellow youngster Murray McConnell at scrum-half. The latter's involvement is still in some doubt, though, as he may be needed by Glasgow Warriors.

Gala last won the competition 13 years ago, when Scotland stalwarts Chris Paterson and Nathan Hines were playing. That day they were trailing 3-0 to Kelso with four minutes remaining when Paterson managed to score a try and a drop-goal to secure an 8-3 victory.

Opeta Palepoi, the Gala cpatain, has played in many big matches given that he is a Samoan internationalist, but he knows just how much this one means to the Netherdale club, in particular.

"I was speaking to the captain from 1999 [Richie Gray] and he spoke so passionately about that time," he said. "This year we have had a good season at the club, but we really want to give our loyal supporters some silverware to cherish and myself and the boys are ready for the challenge.

"I have been really impressed by the way our young players have come on in the last year or so. They are always willing to learn and take on board tips and for them it will especially be exciting to run out at Murrayfield."

Their starting XV is along familiar lines with Scotland club internationalist Lee Millar likely to be key, and his battle with Fergusson will be interesting. It could be up front where this one is won or lost, though, and it is shaping up to be a tense tie.