FEDERAL coach Brad Tyrell believes Bullioh’s unrivalled recent finals record could spell danger for his side in the elimination final at Corryong on Saturday.
Bullioh will start the underdog in the cut-throat clash after the Swans easily accounted for the Bulldogs by 77 points in last week’s final round of the home and away season.
Despite the emphatic victory, Tyrell said the fact Bullioh had played off in five of the last six deciders made them a dangerous proposition.
“Bullioh won’t be easybeats,” Tyrell said.
“But we will certainly take a fair bit of confidence out of last week’s win which was easily our best performance for at least a month.
“Winning last week handed us the home ground advantage and the bigger ground definitely suits our style of play.
“I think Bullioh have got their fair share of injury concerns as well so it will be interesting to see who runs out on Saturday.”
Bulldogs utility Clint Ried alongside ruckman James Bannister are both in serious doubt with knee injuries.
Ried re-injured his knee last week against the Swans while Bannister has missed the Bulldogs past two matches.
Losing Ried would be a savage blow after he took out the Bulldogs best and fairest count last week ahead of Jacob Schliebs.
Federal is also sweating on the availability of goalkicker Matt Jones who has missed the past three weeks also with a knee complaint.
Late season North Albury recruit Rob Hodgson stepped up in his absence of Jones last week with a six-goal haul.
The pair are yet to play each other and could provide a scary proposition for the Bulldogs undermanned defence if Jones can shake off his injury concern.
Tyrell was also hopeful Walla recruit Jason Murray could further bolster the Swans line-up.
Murray has only played a handful of matches because of work commitments in the Northern Territory but looms as the Swans trump card.
Bullioh will rely heavily on clever goalsneak Taylor Fenton, midfielder Kelven Bailey and Scott Gigliotti.