GROUP SEVEN RUGBY LEAGUE
Jamberoo have laid claim to the sentimental favourites tag for tomorrow's final against heavyweights Gerringong at Kiama Showground.
While the Lions are shooting for their fourth consecutive grand final appearance, Jamberoo haven't been on the big stage for 40 years.
Most Group Seven followers are tipping the minor premiers to progress to the decider, but the Superoos' self-belief has gone through the roof after last week's surprise road win over Milton-Ulladulla in the minor semi-final.
"It's been so long since Jamberoo made it to a grand final, and Gerringong have been there the last three years, so we sort of feel like we deserve it more than them," Roos centre Josh Saunders said.
"All year we had the feeling that we had the team to go a long way ... and the last couple of the games of the comp and these first two semis we've played in, we've really come together.
"We have that sense of confidence. We were pumped last week for the whole game and that's the feeling we're taking into this game."
A former Moss Vale Dragons junior, Saunders is having a ball in his first season with Jamberoo.
"I knew a few blokes playing for Jamberoo - [centre] Tim Small is my first cousin - and I thought I may as well play with a team where I already knew some blokes," the 25-year-old said.
"I absolutely love it. Good teammates, great people at the club and great supporters."
If the Roos are going to cause an upset, halfback Jono Dallas will have to get the better of Lions playmaker Rixon Russell.
One of few former Jamberoo juniors in the side, Dallas says the 2013 Roos can snap the club's long premiership drought.
"I've been waiting to get this close for a while, and if you get this far, you're good enough to go the whole way," the 25-year-old said.
"We needed players from outside the town to make us competitive, but it's good we've got three of four Jamberoo boys in the team, so that makes it a bit more special.
"We're not looking at it like it's just good to get this far, we're hoping to go the whole way.
"Everyone's feeling confident coming off the back of two semi-final wins. It gives you some momentum and we're definitely confident we can do it with the side we've got."
The Lions are still checking injuries picked up in last week's major semi-final loss to Warilla but are otherwise intact.
"We'll just stick to what we do. We won't change anything too dramatically," Gerringong captain Ryan Staples said.
"If we play to our ability, we're confident in what we do and hopefully we'll come away with a win."
The Roos know they will have their hands full keeping tabs on the Lions' key players.
"Their spine - their 13, seven, six and nine - are all dangerous in their own ways," Dallas said.
"They rely on a fast ruck and Nathan Ford at hooker usually sparks them and gets them going forward. We know we have to be very tight around the middle."
Warilla are represented in reserve and third grade against Jamberoo and Kiama, while Albion Park-Oak Flats meet Kiama in Ladies League Tag.