Can North Launceston go back-to-back and continue it reign at the State League’s top dog with a win over Lauderdale in the 2018 decider?
The Northern Bombers have been heavily backed to go on and win their fourth cup in five seasons, but Lauderdale should be denied having showed great form in the second half of the season.
North has lost just once to Lauderdale in seven encounters over the past two seasons – winning six by an average 64 points.
And Taylor Whitford’s men have managed 46-0, 29-0 and 46-2 point first quarter starts in three times the challengers have met the masters this season.
North Launceston has brought Tom Couch into its best 22 for Fletecher Bennett, while Lauderdale coach Darren Winter had the tough task of dropping three of his charges mid week.
It has been almost two decades since the Southern Bombers have won a premiership.