SOUTH Launceston will unleash its Bulldogs on Burnie in the State League grand final on Saturday as the club looks to win its first state football premiership in 41 years.
It will be a big week for Mitch Thorp and his players as the perennial cellar-dweller has the opportunity to make its own unique piece of state football history.
South has never made or won a State League grand final before and it will be the club's only chance with the Bulldogs set to rejoin the NTFA next season after being denied a TSL licence by AFL Tasmania.
The club's last claim to state football success was in 1972, when one of its founding merger clubs City-South won the state premiership.
South Launceston's last premiership came in 1999 with an NTFL flag.
It will have to beat reigning premier Burnie for the fourth time this season to do it with the Dockers trying to win back-to-back TSL flags.
Thorp and his players watched the Dockers beat Launceston in Saturday's preliminary final and he said it would be business as usual this week despite the grand final hype.
``We're very fortunate to have had two less games than Burnie _ we've gone through finished on top and won the second semi so we have no excuses and should be fresh and healthy and ready to go,'' he said.
``I know all the players and a lot of our supporters are very excited about the week ahead and especially Saturday.
``We may never get this opportunity again to play in a State League grand final so we will be aiming to make the most of it.''
``It's the final game of the year and they have got plenty of players who have grand final experience and they'll be looking to go back-to-back which not many teams do.
``But we're very much motivated and looking forward to the game.''