JAY Blackberry is a Bulldog through and through.
The 21-year-old midfielder has been around the South Launceston Football Club since he was a baby in a pram.
He remembers as a kid, watching the club's last premiership victory in 1999.
Tomorrow he hopes to be part of the latest Bulldog premiership success story with a win over Burnie in the State League grand final at Aurora Stadium.
"I started playing seniors as a 17-year-old straight out of under 16s and I've played 85 to 90 senior games now," he said.
"It's been a tough journey and a hard four or five years but finally it's been rewarding to get a group of boys who just want to play together and succeed at something and obviously the big picture is the flag.
"Just to stick around through the tough times is rewarding for the group and individually when people were telling me I shouldn't be playing there."
Blackberry was focused on winning but was not sure who he might get as an opponent.
"I've had Kade Munday, I played on the Walters boys a couple of times, Clint Riley - it could be anyone of them - but it will be a good battle whoever I get," he said.
"The midfield battle is where it will be won or lost.
"We might not win every tap but as long as we put enough pressure on them going forward they won't have the chance to kick the ball lace-out to Robertson and the like.
"The more pressure we can put on them the better it will be for us winning the game."
He said there would be some grand final nerves but the Bulldogs would go in with confidence."We have been able to get over them three times - especially the second time when we looked down and out at half-time and to come back and win that game was probably a turning point in our season. To have that bit of confidence will definitely help the boys but we do know they are going to come out firing - it's a grand final and everyone wants to win it."