IT HAS been a tough year for South Launceston president Ian Goninon but he had good reason to have a smile on his face yesterday.
Bulldogs coach Mitch Thorp singled out Goninon in the rooms after the game and thanked him publicly for all his hard work to keep the club afloat this season as the premiership celebrations began.
Winning the club's first State League premiership would be some consolation for the hard- working and dedicated administrator.
"I think it is absolutely sensational - the boys have worked hard all year and I had a thought that we would get through to the grand final, but to win it is fantastic," Goninon said.
"They have worked extremely hard to get there and deserve their win."
Goninon said he appreciated Thorp's words of praise, saying they were " awesome".
"Everyone has worked hard and I think there is more work in a football club than people realise and you really have to put that work in, and there is no substitute for hard work.
"It's been a fantastic day - I couldn't sit still and ended up going down on the boundary line.
"I was worried we might have got overrun by Burnie - Laycock had the ball up on their forward line and missed a shot and McKenna marked and kicked a point.
"I was very relieved when I heard the siren go."