IT might be the grand final most Ovens and Murray footy fans predicted at the start of the year but the result is far from set in stone.
There have been several twists and turns in the story over the past five years, with reports, send-offs, big crowds, upsets, Morris medals and individual highlights all part of the theatre.
Why should we expect anything different tomorrow?
The two heavyweights of the competition — Yarrawonga and Albury — have again been dominant and despite Lavington taking Albury into the 12th round last weekend, we have a fifth straight Pigeons-Tigers title fight.
Separating the two contenders is difficult.
In their past 10 games they have split the honours, a trend which has continued in recent weeks.
Both teams have players littered with big game and grand final experience, so dealing with the pressures of the big day isn’t foreign to either side.
They both score heavily, defend well and if you looking closely at the respective midfields, you find seven to eight genuine ball winners, with the right complement of run and grunt.
With so many areas hard to split, what separates the two teams?
The big man has been enormous and 14 goals in two finals is an incredible return.
Stopping Fev will be a big focus for the Albury coaching staff and I think the job this time will go to Lloyd Shepherd, but there is no doubt he will need some help.
Smith, Thompson and Luke Packer, who had a couple of huge moments in the final few minutes of last week’s preliminary final, will all be called on to help out at times.
While the Yarra forward line is hardly a one-man show, with the likes of Pettifer, O’Connor and possibly Drew Barnes floating around up there, it’s been Fevola who has been the difference in the finals so far.
I have a feeling, he may be once again.
The verdict: Yarrawonga by 26 points.