STATEWIDE football’s greatest modern rivalry enters its next chapter tomorrow and the stakes couldn’t be much higher.
It will be the ninth time the sides have played in two seasons thanks to the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League’s schedule and the clubs’ September presence, with Launceston holding a 5-3 edge.
Wins today and possibly in the grand final, should they cross paths again, would give the Dockers the chance to square the ledger.
The sides know one another’s style, playing stocks and tactics intimately and have a healthy respect for each other.
“We play three times every year, we know each club’s players and game plans inside out,” Launceston coach Anthony Taylor said.
“Because both sides are very strong you tend to generate a bit of a rivalry.”
Launceston travelled south last weekend and made Clarence look second rate in the qualifying final.
The Dockers cooled their heels for a week – something they have experience doing after a disjointed TSL schedule – and come in fresh from the week off.
Taylor said this weekend’s trip to West Park posed no fears for his group, which is hitting its straps at the right time of the season – it has lost just once since a 42-point loss to the Dockers on June 16.
And Taylor hinted that all the talk of a Dockers home final will have been irrelevant if the Blues take the win tomorrow.
“Everyone has talked for the last five weeks about Burnie hosting a grand final,” he said.
“But it’s never been mentioned that they may get beat and have to play in a prelim final.
“But we know we have to play a good brand of footy for four quarters or we won’t win.”
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