THE Burnie Dockers have many battle- hardened warriors who know what it's like to win the war.
Captains Luke Shackleton and Kade Munday, ruckman Jason Laycock, key defender Nick McKenna and small man Darren Banham were on the big stage 12 months ago when the Dockers beat Launceston by 48 points and they are hungry to do it again.
Unlike the South Launceston players, they know the pressure of a high-stakes game and what is required to have the team in front at the final siren.
But the list of Dockers' talent doesn't end there as today's team also boasts former Melbourne star Russell Robertson and centre half-back Andrew Lee who enjoyed a couple of seasons at Essendon.
Robertson has indicated he will retire after today's game and there will be no better way to finish after such a long and distinguished career than to have a premiership medallion placed around his neck.
Injuries have prevented Lee from achieving the level of play he would have liked but the move to the backline has been a master stroke by coach Brent Plant and expect him to work in tandem with McKenna in curbing the tall Bulldogs' forwards.
It is the next line of talent that probably holds the key to Burnie winning today.
Brothers Harry and Nick Walters, Rudy Barrett, Claye Hardy and Rohan Baldock have enough experience and talent to win their individual contests as well as working towards the team discipline and there is a handful of others who will be expected to play a part.
Brad Harvey has been a consistent performer since joining the club from Frankston, former Smithton teammates Clint Riley and Tyrone Morrison have slotted in well and the young talent of Brayden Hayes, Caleb Hislop Eli Templeton, Sam Rice and Brady Gray provide the X-factor.