THE biggest game of the State League season so far will see cross-town rivals Launceston and South Launceston go head to head in tomorrow's second semi-final at Aurora Stadium.
With a grand final berth up for grabs, both coaches were yesterday eyeing the prize that awaits the winner.
Bulldogs coach Mitch Thorp knows how important the game is for his side as it tries to continue its rags to riches run this season.
``Absolutely it's our biggest game of the year - not one of our players has ever played in TSL finals,'' Thorp said.
``Comparatively, Launceston has got guys like Beau Green, Scott Stephens and Gary Shipton who have played a lot of finals' footy so for our guys, it is very new and exciting.
``With that comes an opportunity and they are jumping out of their skin to have a crack at it and I'm hoping that all of Launceston comes to the game.''
The Bulldogs have ruckman Cody Thorp and midfielder Daniel Johncock to come back into a full-strength line-up if Thorp decides to add them to the side that disposed of Burnie by 71 points in the last roster match of the season.
Launceston will be without suspended captain and coach Brennan Savage and brother Gene, with key midfielder Tim Bristow battling to overcome a hamstring strain suffered in last week's one-point qualifying final victory over Burnie.
The Blues will be hoping their finals' experience might be the edge against the minor premier which has been the yardstick of the competition this season.
``We go in confident knowing we have blokes who have been there before and hopefully we can prey on the fact that these guys haven't been here before - if we're looking for an angle that would be it,'' Savage said.
``I watched them against Burnie and they played the best footy I've seen of any side this year so we'll certainly have our work cut out for us.''