UPPER Murray league powerhouse Bullioh has charged into its sixth grand final in the past seven years with a hard-fought 11-point victory against Corryong in the preliminary final at Corryong on Saturday.
Bullioh led at every change and held its nerve in a tense last quarter to secure a 10.12 (72) to 8.13 (61) victory and yet another grand final appearance.
The Bulldogs missed the decider for the first time since 2007 last year and now face Tumbarumba which is on a 22 match winning streak and will start an overwhelming favourite.
The victory also extends Bullioh coach Mark Nichol’s amazing grand final record since his appointment in 2007.
Nichol led the Bulldogs to the decider in his first year at the helm which they lost to Federal.
The Bullioh mastercoach then oversaw the Bulldogs to four successive flags before stepping down last year.
Bullioh lost the preliminary final last season before Nichol took the coaching reins again this year and enhanced his amazing record to once again make biggest match of the year.
Best and fairest winner Clint Ried was the Bulldogs best with a herculean performance in the ruck.
Despite being clearly hampered with a knee complaint, Ried dominated the stoppages and plugged holes in defence and frustrated the Demon forwards.
The Demons sorely missed spearhead Bill Daley who was a late withdrawal with a shoulder complaint.
Demons coach Andrew Reid played at full-forward in Daley’s absence but struggled to have an impact and was yellow carded during the second quarter after some undisciplined play.
Jacob Schliebs, Taylor Fenton and Tim Post were other Bulldogs to shine.
Tumbarubma is expected to be full-strength for the decider after league best and fairest winner Stephen Barnes was cleared of a rough conduct charge at the tribunal on Wednesday night.