SOUTH Launceston coach Mitch Thorp is expecting a fired-up North Hobart to confront his side in their State League clash today at North Hobart Oval.
The game marks the Demons' final home game of the season and last game in the TSL, and the club is inviting past players and red and blue supporters to turn out in force.
"It's a big day for the North Hobart footy club and obviously we've got a lot of respect for them because they have been around Tassie footy for a long time and the hallowed turf of North Hobart Oval is a pretty special footy place in Tasmania," Thorp said.
"We're under no illusions it is going to be a very tough game and they will treat it as a bit of a final given that we're high on the ladder and it's their last home game.
"It's going to be really intense and I hope there is a big crowd there."
Thorp said the Bulldogs wanted to continue their winning form with finals only two weeks away and the battle for top spot with Burnie still alive.
"The result of this game is not probably going to change anything and we're still going to have to win our last game against Burnie to finish on top anyway," he said.
South will field its strongest team in the last two home-and- away games with only Cody Thorp in doubt against the Demons today.
"We want to keep our team solid and hit the finals running," Thorp said. "The last two weeks have been really awful conditions and we've won both games comfortably by over 40 points in wet weather footy, so I think we're in pretty good form."We're fit and healthy and we've had the chance to rest a few players which not every club gets to do, so I think we're in pretty good shape."