ONE former AFL player didn't hesitate to name another as the key to deciding Saturday's State League grand final.
South Launceston coach Mitch Thorp said the ruck would be the decisive battleground at Aurora Stadium and the former Hawk had a former Bomber in mind.
"Jason Laycock," the 24-year- old said about Burnie's ex- Essendon big-man.
"He's a very good player on his day, he's probably the best player in the state."
However, Thorp expected his ruckmen Cody Thorp and former Brisbane Lion Bart McCulloch to hold their own against Laycock and was confident the finals- starved Bulldogs could take advantage of their break to land a first premiership since the 1999 NTFL flag.
"On this ground you need to be able to transition the ball from the backline to the forward-line. Over the couple of weeks off we've had, we've worked on that.
"We're under no illusions that we're coming up against a very good side, as this is the third year in a row they've been in the grand final.
"We don't have a lot of experience when it comes to finals, but as we showed against Launceston we're pretty energetic and enthusiastic. We're a hard running side and we're looking forward to the game."
The Bulldogs will be looking for their fourth win over the Dockers this year, with the most recent being a thumping 71-point win in the final home and away round.
But as Thorp and captain Hills got their first look at the State League trophy yesterday, they were not expecting an easy contest.
"We know we're capable of beating Burnie, and that's got to help the group," Thorp said.
"I'm sure Planty [Burnie coach Brent Plant] will change things around and we know that there will be different match-ups.
"Playing on this ground and being well rested, in the second- half of the game, whether we're in front or behind, we're confident we'll be able to run out the game and play a four-quarter effort."