Goulburn Valley superpower Kyabram will welcome back star utility Jason Morgan for Sunday’s clash against Tatura.
Morgan missed the Bombers’ previous clash two weeks ago with a hamstring injury, but has been named to face the Bulldogs at Kyabram Recreation Reserve.
Paul Newman’s side is approaching full-strength, with dual premiership forward Hayden Gemmill still out but making progress with a groin issue.
The Bombers are on a 25-game hot streak since losing the 2015 grand final and Paul Newman said the belief in his group was vital.
‘‘Our expectation is that if we play our best football, we’ll win or at least be right in every contest,’’ Newman said.
‘‘We set high standards for ourselves and I guess when it comes to the big moments, it can be a confidence thing knowing we’ve been there before.
‘‘Similar to the Shepp game, even though we were down in the first quarter, we knew if we stuck at it and ground away we could work ourselves back into the game and there’s definitely a confidence component to that.’’
Drew Barrett will be pushing for selection after playing some outstanding football in the reserves, while Brad Mangan, Rhys Clark and Lachie Smith are coming back after playing interleague for Goulburn Valley last Saturday.
Tatura has an extra week to stew over a disappointing defeat to Shepparton United.
‘‘It’s the biggest test in country footy against Kyabram and two weeks ago was very disappointing,’’ playing-coach Jamason Daniels said.
‘‘They (United) pressured us early and we didn’t have the right mindset coming into the game and didn’t set the tone early and the competition is too close to drop off in any areas.
‘‘By losing that we have to win a game we’re not expected to now and there’s no bigger challenge than this week.’’
Tatura’s cause for a mighty upset will be helped by the inclusions of Liam Borelli and James Sullivan, while former Murchison-Toolamba player Shane Kay comes in from the reserves.
Young players Tristan Castle and Angus Eaton got out as the Bulldogs look for more experience against the bigger Kyabram bodies.
Rob Montgomery could return next round, while Tom Miller and Matt Ryan are still at least three weeks away.