BEER and bubbly were flowing early at Launceston Football Club as collective roars from its members and patrons stamped grand final fever across Riverside's Windsor Park.
The packed fund-raising function saw charity auctions, jockey games and, of course, friendly sledging from the event's MC.
Launceston-drafted Geelong defender Jackson Thurlow and Richmond midfielder Sam Lonergan were yesterday kicking back with their home-town peers at the club's annual grand final breakfast.
Thurlow said returning to events such as these, after his first year in the AFL, reminded him of the support he has back home.
``It's been pretty exciting, I've moved out of home, bought my own house _ I know how to clean and cook as well now, I've picked up a few recipes,'' he laughed.
``I'll walk down the street and people will want to talk, I wonder why they want to talk to me, but they're actually interested in what I'm doing, it's a good feeling.''
But the journey back to Tasmania isn't just about rest and recovery, according to Lonergan, who said the visits were a good chance to keep an eye on the state league and its up-and-coming players.
``This club in particular has had its share of players drafted, but there are clubs right across Tasmania that are doing really well,'' he said.
``There's a strong love for football in the state, I don't think there would be any household in Tasmania that doesn't have it playing today.''
It's hard work and there are interesting times ahead for the Launceston pair, who imparted some insight to younger players ahead of yesterday's big match.
``Keep your goals in mind, sometimes you can get caught up in someone else's journey _ it's like any job, you need to keep having fun and enjoying it when you can,'' Thurlow said.