Launceston’s opening cutthroat final towards its TSLW premiership defence on paper looks more like a kick-and-giggle contest.
Tigers have lost by an average of 79 points to the Blues this year, only tempered by an improved 51-point defeat in their last meeting.
Blues co-captain Angela Dickson refuses to concede that the Kingborough-based outfit will not prove a worthy finals contender on Sunday.
“Everyone goes up a level come finals,” Dickson said.
“We’ve trained pretty hard this week and we are taking Tigers very seriously.
“So we will get out there, mentally prepared to take on what we think will be a tougher contest. We assume we’ll get the win, but we won’t be taking them lightly.”
Launceston cannot afford for lose for the fifth time in 15 outings after missing out a crucial top-two spot.
The 100-game club veteran said the side have set out a plan of all-out-attack to put the game beyond doubt.
The Blues have already piled on 237 points against Tigers in their three matches, including scoring more than 90 points on two occasions.
“You never know what can happen on the day – what the weather is like, ground conditions, things like that, which can even two teams quite quickly,” Dickson said.
“We’ll be looking to come out quite strong and put the game away quite early, just so we can start looking towards the week after this.”
Launceston will enter the finals series from a soft end-of-the-season draw.
The last three weeks were multiple matches against wooden spooner Burnie wedged either side of a bye.
But Dickson hopes having fresher legs for finals could prove a positive difference.
“It is that double-ended sword for us,” Dickson said.
“We have been fortunate to be able to rest players and do those kind of things.
“In the end, it has to be the team that wants it most and is prepared to work hard that is going to win the game at this pointy end of the season.
“So hopefully we will have the run in the legs to be able to finish these games strong.”
Injured Kate McLaughlin will miss the Windsor Park clash, the club deciding to rest the New Zealander for a probable preliminary final.
Preparations for the Blues were affected somewhat this week at training, with coach Alex Gibbins away in Sydney for work commitments.
But Gibbins has given his players the power back to work out the best way wreak havoc in front of goals.
“We have some real winning momentum and we would have kicked some very decent winning scores after [last] weekend,” he said.
“Our offence is now pretty switched on. We kick eight goals in a final and we’ll win.”
We’ve trained pretty hard this week and we are taking Tigers very seriouslyLaunceston co-captain Angela Dickson