Lauderdale coach Darren Winter has shied away from comments about North Launceston's off-the-ball tactics in the lead-up to the two sides' latest finals bout.
In the aftermath of an at-times fiery 45-point round 19 loss, Winter claimed his club possessed behind-play footage that would see "five or six" North players miss finals through suspension.
But the outspoken coach seemed unperturbed about the alleged incidents when speaking to media on Thursday ahead of Sunday's semi-final at Windsor Park.
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"I don't think they [North] are a sniping team - I think there were some hits that were a little bit late and off the ball," Winter clarified.
"We're not concerned about that, that was six weeks ago so there's not a big drama with that and we certainly don't believe they're a team of snipers.
"We believe they're a bloody good football team and we'll treat them as that."
The two sides share one of the TSL's biggest rivalries, with round 19's encounter adding to the recent history of two grand final play-offs including the famously 'physical' 2017 decider.
North Launceston skipper Brad Cox-Goodyer, who earlier this week was named team of the year captain for the second year running, conceded there was no love lost between the two sides.
"Both teams ... we don't like each other and that's been pretty well-stated and in finals football it goes up a notch," Cox-Goodyer said.
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"We're expecting it to be hot and I'm sure they are as well, the first quarter is going to be on.
"I don't think anyone's going to go out of their way to be dirty or whatever, but both teams will come with a physical mindset to tackle hard, to hit players hard when the ball's there so I expect it'll be a physical contest.
"They've always been known for their physicality and that's something we like to be known for as well."
Cox-Goodyer did, however, draw the line of physicality at "sniping".
"We're definitely not a team that snipes off the ball and we never have been," he said.
"I reckon the other clubs would agree with me that we're not a dirty side - we're a hard physical side that plays the footy."
The Northern Bombers made two changes, with Devils duo Jackson Callow and Rhyan Mansell replacing young pair James Curran and Xavier Todman.
While Mansell is a two-time flag winner, Callow will be one of six players embarking on their first final in red and black.
"We've got a lot of guys that are going to be playing TSL finals for the first time so that can't be forgotten," Cox-Goodyer said.
"They're going to be bringing a bit of excitement."
Lauderdale also made two changes with Mitch Anderton serving a one-week striking suspension and swingman Ryan Wiggins likely to miss the rest of the season with a quad injury.
Josh McGuinness (hamstring) was named despite Winter labelling the star defender's chances of playing as "pretty slim", with Ethan Whish-Wilson also returning to the side.
Having finished the roster season with four losses in five games, the Southern Bombers recaptured form in their qualifying final and Winter believes a good performance will result in a third win over North for 2019.
"The boys have been up and about and there certainly hasn't been any moping around and that sort of stuff," Winter said.
"[The win] certainly allows them to play a little bit freer now ... we were struggling, the form suggests that we were playing pretty crap but to be able to get that win there's a little bit more belief."
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