WINNING a State League premiership tomorrow would be reward for effort for South Launceston coach Mitch Thorp.
As the Bulldogs dare to believe their Cinderella story could end with a TSL flag, Thorp said his side had nothing to lose and his players were excited by the challenge.
"We have worked hard and started training early in November and it's now September and people don't realise what you go through," Thorp said.
"It's a long campaign and it would be a reward for a lot of hard work and a fair bit of pressure on our group all season so I think it would be a very good way to cap off the year.
"We've had 25 or 26 guys consistently play in our side all season and everyone is fit and healthy so a couple of guys are going to miss out and I'm sure it is going to be tough for those guys.
" But knowing the calibre of people we've got at our club they will probably be out there as water boys and part of it - that's just part of footy at this time of year."
Thorp was unsure whether Burnie's finals experience, playing in a third-straight grand final, would be an advantage.
"Certainly we respect their side out of any in the competition - they've got some outstanding veterans in Shackleton, Robertson, Laycock and Munday - guys that have been in grand finals before and who know what it is all about," he said.
"But on the flip side for us, not having been there before is an advantage because we've got nothing to lose.
"We're very excited - no one expected us to get in this position and whilst some people say we are the favourite we are just going to go and play footy and enjoy playing in front of a good crowd in some good weather."
Despite having beaten the Dockers three times this season, he expected both teams would try different things in the grand final.
"We haven't shown all our tricks just yet - maybe we are saving a few things for the day," he said.
"The first final we played against Launceston we tried a few different things and they worked and I'm sure that will happen again at the weekend.
"I'm sure Planty [Burnie coach Brent Plant] will try a few different things - they haven't won a game against us this year so I'm expecting him to throw something completely different and we will have to adjust nice and quickly to that."
Thorp said tomorrow was all about winning a grand final and had nothing to do with any personal AFL draft aspirations.
"I haven't even thought about playing a good game to be drafted - it's about playing a good game to win a grand final and cap off all the hard work we've done this season," he said.
City Park Radio (103.7FM) will broadcast the grand final from 1.45pm.