SIX grand final appearances in seven years is quite some Group 10 record for Orange CYMS in premier league.
But the 2016 decider, for CYMS captain-coach Mick Sullivan anyway, will be a lot different to the previous five.
Sullivan is nursing a knee injury that ruled him out of playing for the back-half of the winter, resulting in the four-time premiership winning mentor to focus solely on tactics this finals series.
The former NRL gun has enjoyed the challenge, too, but will face his toughest assignment of the season in the form of the red-hot Dragons in the decider.
“Hopefully we can stop their run,” Sullivan said, Mudgee storming from fifth to make the grand final.
“And there’s no better time to do it than a grand final on our home ground.
“I really enjoyed watching (the major semi-final) last time, apart from probably the last 10 or 15 minutes … that was frustrating for me.
“I enjoy the coaching. Nothing is diminished for me, it’s a great squad and I’m looking forward to them finishing it off.
“It’s one of the proudest squads I’ve been involved with and I don’t want to see them fall short for that reason.”
Sullivan has had his eye on Mudgee since his side’s round six, 18-16 victory at Glen Willow.
Hopefully we can stop their run ... there’s no better time to do it than a grand final on our home ground.
He’s said all season that’s the toughest game CYMS have played and the return leg – a 30-20 win for Sullivan’s men – did nothing to diminish the Dragons’ credentials.
In fact, that 10-point defeat at Wade Park is the last time the Tony Pascoe’s side tasted defeat.
They’ve won six games on the bounce to book their grand final spot.
“They do (have momentum), I’m just hoping that fourth road trip might take a bit out of them,” Sullivan said.
“They’re match-fit and I think that will help them.”
He said physically no side comes at you quite like Mudgee.
“That’s probably because Jack hits me all day,” Sullivan laughed.
“Benny (Thompson) out of hooker niggles and he was outstanding for them on the weekend.
“There’s two great sides in the final, should make for one of the better grand finals in the last few years.”
Kick-off is at 2.30pm.