WHILE no team is unbeatable, Tumbarumba has an aura of invincibility about it leading into Saturday’s Upper Murray decider against Bullioh.
Similar to Black Caviar, Tumbarumba has an impeccable form-line. It has stretched its winning streak to 22, including last year’s flag.
The Bulldogs remain the only hurdle between the Roos becoming the first team to go through a season undefeated in recent league history.
Not even the all-conquering Bulldogs, who won four flags in their dominant era between 2008-11, achieved that feat.
The defending premier crushed Bullioh by 98 and 66 points early in the season.
But the Bulldogs underlined their flag credentials in their most recent encounter in round 13 when they got within seven points.
Roos coach Shane Macintosh is expecting another tight encounter.
“Everyone outside the club expects us to just rock up and win on Saturday,” Macintosh said.
“But, internally, we respect Bullioh highly and realise it is never that easy.
“We know it hasn’t been at full strength in our previous meetings this season.
“They have an unrivalled finals record and we feel this is going to be our toughest challenge of the year.
“It’s a grand final and our form during the season accounts for nothing now.
“It now all just comes down to two hours of tough finals footy and who wants it the most.”
After winning the club’s first flag last season, Macintosh ruled out complacency as an issue, saying the Roos were hungry for further success.
“We have got a good mix,” Macintosh said.
“Half the side got the taste last year and want it again.
“And then there is the other half who have never won a grand final and are really hungry for that ultimate success.
“We have had the perfect preparation with the week off and the advantage of a home grand final.
“You won’t hear any excuses from me if we get beat.”
The Roos fab four of Macintosh, brother Chase, Stephen Barnes and Matt Molkentin no doubt has been causing headaches for Bullioh as they have worked on their tactics for the big one.
Barnes won the league best and fairest and Molkentin his second successive league goal-kicking title.
Molkentin has already booted 17 goals against the Bulldogs this season and looms as a match-winner. The Bulldogs lack any obvious match-up for him.
Macintosh said the Roos would name a line-up unchanged from the one that had a 39-point win over Corryong in the second semi-final.