SOUTH Launceston will throw everything it can at reigning premier Burnie today in their State League clash because coach Mitch Thorp wants the advantage of finishing on top of the ladder and a week off.
In a game that has all the hallmarks of a final, South will need to produce its best football to record a third win of the season over the Dockers.
"One of the reasons why we moved the game to Aurora Stadium is that we wanted to be able to play a four-quarter game rather than two quarters which you often get to the favourable end at Youngtown," Thorp said.
"We're hoping it's going to be a four-quarter, tough contest and hopefully the best side on the day will win."
The last encounter between the two top teams was a game of two halves with Burnie dominating the first half and South staging a comeback in the second.
"Both sides will have learnt a lot from that game and we certainly hope they don't get off to the start they got last time and we will be putting some things in place to stop that from happening," Thorp said.
"No doubt they will be doing some work to not fade out of the game like they did last time."
He was confident the bigger Aurora ground would suit his side, and said the Bulldogs' previous two wins against the Dockers would give them confidence.
"But we're not going to rest on our laurels because this game is very much in isolation on a different ground again and both sides will have learnt from playing each other before," he said.
"It very much feels like a first final because you can qualify to have a week off and refresh your group and attack the final series in the second week rather than the first."
City Park Radio (103.7 FM) will broadcast the clash starting at 12.55pm.