NTFA experts gave an overwhelming endorsement to Rocherlea yesterday as favourite to win a third-straight premiership with a victory over Bridgenorth in today's division 1 grand final at Youngtown.
The pundits all thought the suburban Tigers will be too good for the Parrots with most predicting a comfortable victory for the minor premier.
NTFA general manager Robert Anderson said that the suburban Tigers will win because of the brand of football they have played all year.
``They've taken on everybody and been very successful and Rocherlea have set themselves up for the finals and have the players that can do the job,'' he said.
George Town coach Anthony Axton predicted a 10-goal victory for the reigning premier because of their experience and performances this season.
``I think Rocherlea is the best-drilled and most disciplined football side with their structures that I've played against in the NTFA,'' he said.
``They are well coached, they interchange themselves and are really disciplined, which is something that used to bring Rocherlea undone - and they will be far too good.''
Deloraine coach Brett Laskey said he thought Rocherlea would win well because it has an even spread of talent and strengths all over the ground.
``Bridgenorth have a really good midfield but I think Rocherlea can contain them - if they stop Duncan and Murfet and Sellers off half-back it will take them a long way toward winning the game,'' he said.
Scottsdale and Hillwood presidents Murray Lade and Rod Green both opted for Rocherlea saying they will be too strong across the ground and their form line was better.
Longford coach Matthew O'Donoghue said Rocherlea will make it three in a row because they have too much firepower.
``It's going to be a good battle,'' he said.
``They've both got really good midfields and Holton and Blackwell will be a good battle between the forwards but I think Rocherlea will just get over the line.''
Bracknell's Josh Nunn favoured the Tigers saying they would be fresher and the way they had won the past two flags meant it was hard to go past them.