SOUTH Launceston has plenty of motivation to defeat Burnie today and win the club's first State League premiership.
It will be the Bulldogs' first and probably last opportunity to claim TSL supremacy after enduring four years as the easy-beats of the competition, continually battling to avoid the wooden spoon.
None of the players have experienced a senior grand final or the joy of winning a premiership.
But they are a tight-knit and committed group that coach Mitch Thorp has moulded into a formidable outfit this season which knows no fear.
South has proved itself to be the best team in the competition and has accounted for Burnie three times during the season.
The players are fit and healthy with a full list available and if they play the fast, running brand of football of which they are capable, they will run the Dockers off their feet. With three key talls in coach Mitch Thorp, captain Mitch Hills and ruckman- forward Bart McCulloch and the athletic Alex Russell up forward and with crumbers like Thane Bardenhagen and Zane Brown, they have the height and speed to worry the Burnie defence and kick a winning score.
Their midfield group led by Cody Thorp in the ruck and brother Beau, Jay Blackberry, Matt Hanson, Daniel Johncock and Jobi Harper at ground level can more than hold their own at the centre clearances and give the Bulldogs drive forward.
South's back six superbly led by Rory Mansell and Will Hanson play as an under- rated but tight group, prepared to work hard and back each other up and with the flexibility to match up on opposition key forwards.
At the end of a tumultuous season off- field, in their final game in the TSL, the competition's perennial battlers have the chance to write a fairytale ending to their Cinderella story.