THE majority of NTFA division 2 opposition coaches yesterday opted for Old Scotch to win tomorrow's grand final against Fingal.
The nine experts polled came out in favour of the Thistles to win the premiership by a margin of six to three.
South-Prospect coach Wayne Kirby picked Old Scotch, saying the Thistles strong midfield would give their forwards plenty of ball.
Kirby said if there was a weakness with Fingal it would be its backline.
Old Launcestonians coach Jarrah Burns also backed the Thistles because he thought they were peaking at the right time of the season.
"Old Scotch seems to be almost injury-free and are playing their best footy at the right time of year so I think they might cause a bit of an upset," he said.
Lilydale veteran Andrew McLean picked Scotch for similar reasons saying they had been in good form late in the season winning some tough games and would go into the game with form and confidence.
Evandale coach Neville Rattray didn't think there would be much in the game but favoured Scotch because he thought it was playing a better brand of footy and said Fingal had looked a bit slow in its last couple of games.
Perth coach Anthony Gibbons said he thought the Thistles were a better team.
"Fingal have got a lot of good players but I think ability-wise Old Scotch are a better team overall and a better drilled unit."
St Pats coach Lenny Towns said it was hard to go against a side that had lost only one game for the year, but said Scotch had been impressive during the last half of the year.
NTFA president Geoff Lyons and general manager Robert Anderson both dissented, picking Fingal as their likely premier.
Uni-Mowbray coach Nathan Lowe also opted for his old team, saying the past two weeks had woken up Fingal and the loss to Old Scotch will have them pumped up.