Both development league sides contesting this year’s premiership are full of raw talent – a testament to the programs of the region’s two State League clubs.
Those Launceston and North Launceston smarts will start Tasmanian football’s biggest day at UTAS Stadium on Saturday.
And there is nothing like a battle between two sides that don’t want to see each other succeed.
North midfielder Oliver Sanders – son of former Northern Bombers player and Blues coach Adam – has had a brilliant finals series and is keen to help his side take down their unbeaten cross-town rivals.
Sanders, 16, said he learnt a lot from his maiden senior match earlier in the year.
“It was a great eye opener to see how fast footy is compared to the D-league, I took a lot out of that," the state under-16 representative said.
“Launnie have been the best team by far all year so it will be a big task but I think we can do it.”
Sanders’ teammate James Curran, also an accomplished swimmer and cricketer, said he has enjoyed being back at the Invermay-based club since recommitting midway through the season.
“I spent a little bit of time away due to other commitments but I came back a few weeks before finals and I’ve been playing some pretty good footy,” the 17-year-old Launceston Church Grammar student said.
“It's going to be a tough task, we’ve got a bit of momentum going and we're going to give it a crack.”
North has won its past eight matches, and Blues defenders Tyson Miller and Bayley Neil aren’t taking their flawless record for granted.
“We're expecting a good hard contest. They are certainly moving the ball a lot better then when we last played them,” Neil, 17, said.
Miller, 18, added: “We’re a lot more settled this year after losing last season’s final. A good start is the most important thing for us so we can get the game on our terms”.