THE minor premiership, bragging rights and, perhaps most importantly, a week off are the incentives when Aurora Stadium hosts the State League match of the season on Saturday.
AFL Tasmania agreed to the switch of venue from Youngtown Oval for the summit meeting between Mitch Thorp's pace-setting South Launceston and reigning premier Burnie which will determine the direction of the competition's finals.
With two victories over the Dockers already this season, the Bulldogs are in confident mood approaching State League finals for the first time in their history.
``With the top two sides playing for top spot it's going to be a big day,'' said assistant coach Brad Swain.
``I'm expecting it to be a fairly ferocious game and we're treating it like our first final and I'm sure Burnie are doing the same.
``We know Burnie really well and having got two wins over them are confident, but so will they be having won the flag last year and with half a dozen state players in their side.''
The fixture will feature a regional footy club promotion with reduced entry for spectators wearing regional club tops.
Regional clubs have proved a rich breeding ground for South with Swain arriving from Prospect and young Bulldogs Jade Child (Scottsdale), Ryland Coombe (Smithton via Old Scotch), Thane Bardenhagen (Lilydale) and Zane Brown (Rocherlea) all proudly displaying their original club colours for the cause yesterday.
``We have been very fortunate to unearth some great young men in the regional competitions in Northern Tasmania who have the talent and commitment to play TSL,'' Swain said.
``The promotion is a small way of saying thank you to all regional clubs and encouraging their supporters to come along and hopefully watch a great contest and some of their graduating players playing at the highest level.''
Coombe said the club's off-field saga was not proving a distraction as it heads towards an uncertain off-season.
``Our main job is to get the job done this week and everything else going on around us at the club we'll let take care of itself,'' he said.
If Launceston can win the city derby against North and edge Clarence for third spot, the grand final will be at Aurora Stadium as the top three teams will all be Northern.