Rocherlea has continued its season of two halves by pounding two-time reigning premier South Launceston in an elimination final at Hillwood.
Andrew Cox-Goodyer's side were floundering at 2-7 when the two sides last met, but recorded their seventh win in eight games in Sunday's 17.10 (112) to 6.8 (44) victory.
A semi-final clash with Hillwood awaits and Cox-Goodyer, who kicked a season high-five goals, says his team isn't done yet.
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"I think we can go the whole way as long as we keep playing good footy, sticking to what we know and putting the effort and the time in," he said.
"The first half of the year was pretty bleak but it's just clicked, the boys have stuck at it.
"I knew it was going to come but it's come sooner rather than later and it's starting to pay off."
Experienced defenders Gavin Provis and Luke Richards led the way down back for the Suburban Tigers with Jordan Cousens making an instant impact in his first game back.
Cousens had elite support in the midfield from Sam Maddern and Jacob Hawkins (three goals) while Brayden Claridge enhanced his status as a big-game player with six goals.
The Tigers led from start to finish, won every quarter and loom as a genuine threat to the top three.
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"We went into the game thinking we could win," Cox-Goodyer said.
"There's no point showing up if you don't, and even the first 10 minutes we were tackling really well and the intensity was there so I knew we were switched on ready to go."
Clarrie Boon medallists Luke Mccarty were the Bulldogs' best on a trying day, with Daniel Johnston and Brad Etchell (three goals) also impressive in South's first finals loss since 2016.
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