LAUNCESTON will approach tomorrow night's cross-town rivalry clash against North Launceston as its first final as it bids to build some winning momentum ahead of the real thing.
Blues' coach Brennan Savage stressed the importance of the final roster game to the club yesterday with Launceston facing the prospect of an elimination final next week.
"Momentum and winning is a habit so if we can string two together coming into finals it is important for us," Savage said.
"Games against clubs within your zone and town are always very important with bragging rights and that kind of stuff and these guys pushed us right to the final kick last time.
"Their form is starting to trend up - ours not so much - and we're looking to make amends for the last three weeks in terms of output."
Savage said the battle for third spot and the double chance was now out of their hands and their focus had to be on beating North while hoping Lauderdale could defeat Clarence for a second time.
"At the moment we're fourth hoping for third - all we can do is win tomorrow night.
"Coming up against a side - another city club playing their last game with a couple of milestones to some of their more decorated players - it is very much a final for us."
North Launceston would love to finish off its season with a win over the Blues after being denied on the last kick of the game the last time the two met.
"It's been a bit up and down season - but we've been impressed not so much with individual performances and development this year but how we've developed more as a club and some cultural things off field that we've tried to work on," North coach Zane Littlejohn said.
"I think it is really transferring on-field now and we're starting to see much more competitive performances against the better sides.
"We'll take them on and teach some of our younger blokes like we have the last three weeks and give them the opportunity to play on some experienced players - we've got nothing to lose and can't play finals so we may as well use the opportunity to teach our boys to play against some of the best players in Tassie," he said.