SOUTH Launceston's premiership players were a bit worse for wear yesterday after a big night of celebrations following their first State League premiership on Saturday.
The Bulldogs defeated Burnie by nine points to win the 2013 flag and the Youngtown clubrooms were packed with supporters on Saturday night to celebrate their historic victory.
Coach Mitch Thorp said he was still coming to terms with their premiership win yesterday.
``As a coach I'm very relieved for the playing group because they put a lot of work into the season and they are absolutely enjoying themselves now,'' he said.
``I'm sure over the next couple of months it will sink in as to what we've actually achieved.''
Thorp said about 150 people attended the club's post-grand final official function with many more Bulldogs fans packing the bar for celebratory drinks.
``We had a three-course meal and some good chats with our close supporters in our function room and it was a really good night,'' he said.
``We're happy we won and over the next couple of weeks we will reflect on what we've done over the course of the whole season and not just on Saturday - it was a pretty good effort to go through the whole season and win 17 games and only lose three.''
Thorp said the senior playing group were committed to sticking together for next season and intended to play for the new TSL club being formed in the Prospect area.
South Launceston is set to head back into the NTFA competition after AFL Tasmania decided not to give it a licence in its own right and Bulldogs members rejected the offer of a half-share in the new licence.
``We'll start training early November again and most of our boys are aware of what is happening,'' Thorp said.
``We'll enjoy the next couple of days and have a nice break from footy and as soon as November comes we'll be back into it and I think it is going to be a pretty special time for this playing group.''