SOUTH Launceston and Launceston will meet in the Northern regional under-18 football grand final at Youngtown today.
The Northern under-18 competition was formed this season to fill a void in the football pathway from under-16 football to State League colts.
It featured a 16-round roster administered by AFL Tasmania, with teams from South Launceston, Launceston and North Launceston taking part.
Matches against Southern under-18 teams were interspersed in the roster.
South Launceston finished on top of the ladder while Launceston finished third.
South Launceston coach Jacob Saunders said he expected an even contest in today's grand final and rejected the favourite tag despite his team holding a slight edge over the Blues during the roster season.
``It should be a good game and we will have to get on top early to win and keep that mindset throughout the game,'' he said.
Launceston coach Tim Elliott said he saw the grand final as a 50-50 contest.
``They finished on top but I think we have a good chance,'' he said.
``Our half-backs in Josh Burt and Jayden Holmes will need to play well and provide rebounds for us if we are to win.''
Elliott said the regional under-18 competition had been a success this season and the clubs were hopeful of Devonport joining next season.
The game starts at 9am.
Launceston under-18 captain Josh Burt and coach Tim Elliott with South Launceston grand final rival coach Jacob Saunders and South captain Jonty Swallow ahead of today's Northern regional under-18 football grand final at Youngtown. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON
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