Barnes report takes gloss off win

Stephen BarnesDEFENDING premier Tumbarumba’s 39-point win against Corryong in the second semi-final at Tumbarumba has been soured by the report of league medallist Stephen Barnes.

Barnes, who tied with Corryong’s Evan Nicholas for the league best and fairest, will front the tribunal on Wednesday.

Tumbarumba will be sweating on the outcome after the hard-fought 11.13 (79) to 5.10 (40) victory secured the Roos their second successive grand final appearance.

It was the Roos’ 22nd consecutive victory and also confirmed their raging flag favourite status.

Tumbarumba will face either Corryong or Bullioh who clash in the preliminary final at Corryong on Saturday.

Rookie Roos coach Shane Macintosh was delighted to be through to the grand final and to secure home ground advantage for the decider.

“I think after being in the grand final last year it makes you realise how crucial Saturday’s win was and to get a home grand final,” Macintosh said.

“It guarantees most of your family and friends will be at the grand final whereas they may be hesistant to travel if the game was at Corryong or Bullioh.”

Played in atrocious conditions with the ground covered in surface water, the match came down to a war of attrition.

Macintosh led from the front with a best on ground display, narrowly ahead of brother Chase and key defender Mark Parr.

“It was terrible conditions and it wasn’t pretty footy,” he said.

“I said to the boys the team that wants it the most was going to win and I thought the boys were red-hot from the start to the finish.

“Corryong are a dangerous side at full-strength but in those conditions it was always going to come down to who wanted it the most.

“In two weeks time if we come up against Corryong and its a dry day, it is going to be a completely different contest.”

The Roos emerged unscathed on the injury front with Barnes the only player in doubt for the decider.

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