FORMER members of South Launceston's playing ranks will be among those hoping the club can achieve a fairytale finish to its stint in the State League today.
The Bulldogs will take on Burnie in today's grand final at Launceston's Aurora Stadium before the club transfers to the NTFA next season.
Among those watching on will be two-time premiership player Nathan Richardson, who played more than 300 games for the club over all grades between 1984 and 2005.
"It will be exciting, and what a way it would be for the club to leave the statewide competition," he said.
Darren Anderson, who played about 90 games from 1988-94, said he was excited for the current playing group, led by coach Mitch Thorp.
"They deserve every success that comes their way," Anderson said.
"I am excited for the players, and I can only imagine what they must be feeling at the moment."
Michael Walker, who played more than 100 senior games for the club, added: "It will mean a lot to the current [South Launceston family] and it's going to be pretty special if they can do it."
Michael "Monty" Manson, at the club from the late 80s to the early 90s, said it was exciting to see a club that had struggled get the chance at ultimate success.
"From a player's point of view, it would be the best result for all the hard work they've done," he said.
The general consensus among the group was that South would win by somewhere between five and eight goals.
Another interested on-looker will be horse trainer Graeme McCulloch, whose son Bart will be a key player in the ruck and in attack.
Today's grand final will begin at 2.05pm.