SOUTH Launceston president Ian Goninon has called on all Bulldogs supporters old and new to turn out at Aurora Stadium on Saturday and cheer on Mitch Thorp and his team in the State League grand final against Burnie.
With all the inner turmoil and uncertainty the club had endured this season over its future - Goninon said it was a great achievement for the Bulldogs to have the on-field success they have enjoyed in qualifying for their first State League grand final.
``We always planned to improve but the improvement side has gone beyond that and to finish on top of the ladder is just fantastic and to qualify for the grand final again is fantastic,'' he said.
``The playing group are looking forward to Saturday with a fair bit of excitement and it is interesting that people I have never met before are coming up to me and wishing us all the best for the grand final.
``There are a lot of people out there who support South but it's just that you don't often see them on regular basis.
``It would be great if all the supporters get along on Saturday to support the team.''
Goninon said there was a tinge of sadness from his perspective that the club had not been able to retain its TSL licence but said the feeling around the club was positive for the future.
``It is certainly disappointing for me personally that we weren't able to get the club to that level that AFL Tas wanted but at the same time there is a lot of enthusiasm out there with the issue of the NTFA licence - with those board members and other members around the club.
``I think it will be healthy for South to be in that competition and get established again - take a breath and work out where it should be,'' he said.
While he would love to celebrate South's first state premiership in 41 years and first TSL flag, he is realistic about the task ahead.
``I think they have done extremely well too get to this stage,'' Goninon said.
``I'll be disappointed if they don't win - but you have to be realistic at the same time that plans don't always work out too.''