Two Campbell Town mates were left pinching themselves at Youngtown on the weekend after Bracknell won through to a third-straight grand final.
Clinton Burn and Matt Carlile swapped Robins for Redlegs at the end of last season and have slotted nicely into Bracknell’s setup, playing through the middle and half-back.
Burn arrived as the more experienced of the two, having played 200-plus games and coached at Campbell Town.
“I just wanted a bit of a change and to challenge myself,” Burn said.
“I’d always played country footy so I wanted to see if I could mix it with the big boys and I thought with Bracknell being a country club I’d support them.
“They’ve been successful and I’m 31 going 32 in November - I’m not getting any younger and I wanted to have a crack at a flag so it’s been a good move.”
Perennial champion South Launceston awaits the Redlegs in Saturday’s grand final, and the Bulldogs will go in strong favourites having won all three games between the two sides this year including an 86-point win little more than a week ago.
The Redlegs were poor in that game, but were back to their best in Saturday’s preliminary final thumping of Scottsdale.
Carlile played one of his best games of the season in the 77-point victory after winning a call-up from a week in the reserves.
The 25-year-old said to play alongside Burn and take out his junior club in the process made the result was even sweeter.
“It’s good to be in the 1s together and to knock out my old club is always a bonus,” Carlile said.
“The boys played well and we played well as a team and got the job done, so hopefully we can go through and get the win (on Saturday).”