HAWTHORN director Bruce Stevenson is not sure his beloved Hawks will beat Fremantle in the grand final tomorrow but he is 100 per cent certain that the club wants to continue its successful association with Tasmania.
The former Launceston car dealer played 72 games with Hawthorn from 1969 to 1974, including the 1971 VFL premiership.
He admitted he will be a nervous spectator at the MCG tomorrow and would happily accept a one-point victory.
``Being a past player and someone who has supported the club since the time of being - I'm probably the wrong one to ask about who will win because I'm apprehensive and not overly optimistic,'' Stevenson said.
``The one thing I will say is that if we are not successful there will be no excuses.
``The players have been so well managed over the past two or three months - obviously (Brendan) Whitecross was injured the other day - but generally speaking, our main team is all fit and healthy, the football department and manager and the coach have been working on different strategies so despite being apprehensive we couldn't be in any better shape.
``I hope we thrash them by a point - if it's a really tough game.''
Born and bred in the Kew-Hawthorn area, Stevenson moved to Launceston post-playing when he bought the Toyota dealership at Kings Meadows in 1989.
He lived here for more than 20 years before returning to Melbourne about 3 1/2 years ago for family reasons.
Stevenson joined the Hawthorn board in February after serving about four years on the board of the Hawthorn Football Club Foundation. He said the move was partly due to the club's desire to get some more people involved as directors who knew something of the culture of the 1960s, '70s and '80s.
He will stand for re-election at the annual meeting and can serve three terms as a director before he has to stand aside.
``Another former player in Richard Amos and myself put our hands up and it has been an exciting year. The club has been moving beautifully off the field as well as onfield,'' he said.
``I've really enjoyed it and there are a great group of people at the top of the club managing it and I've gelled with the other board members really well.
``The stability off the field has really helped the stability on the field and I've always been a great believer in that.''
Stevenson believed Hawthorn was ``most desirous'' of continuing its successful association with Tasmania when its second five-year sponsorship agreement with the government expires in 2016.
``There has been certain murmurings about what the AFL want or what is going to happen with North Melbourne down South.
``To my knowledge we haven't had anything put to us about that but we certainly want to continue our association well beyond this current five-year plan.
``The decisions on what happens in Tassie will be made by the AFL - but they have to have us on board to discuss that any further and we want to continue on the association.
``It's been unbelievable since Hawthorn came to play the games in Launceston and I was living there full-time.
``It's been a fantastic relationship.''