CORRYONG will be out to secure its first grand berth since 2008 when it clashes with league heavyweight Bullioh in the preliminary final at Corryong on Saturday.
The pair have met three times this season with the Demons holding a 2-1 advantage — the most recent in round 12 when the Bulldogs prevailed by 23-points.
Bullioh advanced to the preliminary final with a crushing 55 points over Federal in the first semi-final.
While the Demons lost to raging flag favourite Tumbarumba by 39-points in the second semi-final last weekend.
Corryong coach Andrew Reid said the Bulldogs wouldn’t lack any confidence after playing in five of the six past grand finals.
“They have got an enviable finals record and winning four of the past six flags speaks for itself,” Reid said.
“We just need to be at our best.
“We took a lot of positives out of our loss against Tumbarumba and as a group know what needs to be done.”
Reid pinpointed Bullioh prime movers Clint Ried, Mark Nichol, Taylor Fenton, Luke Welsh and Joel Bannister as the key.
“They have got four or five key players that set the tone for them,” he said.
“If we can account for those handful of blokes the rest will take care of itself.”
Reid recently won the Bulldogs best and fairest but was clearly hampered by a knee complaint in the first semi-final.
The Demons will be out to expose any injured Bulldogs on the wide expanses of their home ground with superior leg speed.
“We won’t be relying on their injuries to win; Bullioh are a powerhouse and Corryong hasn’t been in a position like this for a long-time.
“I really feel we have got a lot to play for and are hungry for success.
“We know it’s just not going to happen and that we have to make it happen.
“But we have no injuries and no excuses.
“We went into last week’s finals with a lot of nerves but we are over that now and have got a job to do.”