A lot has changed since the start of the season.
In the opening match of the year Shepparton United debuted new goal attack Jessie Barnes-Hill against Shepparton and announced itself as a finals contender.
But the Bears have also stamped themselves as a top side, winning their past nine games.
This consistency has been Shepparton’s strength as it gets another chance to take on a Demons side with plenty of star power.
With coach Tracey Brereton having to contend with some absences tomorrow, she said her side would not start favourites, despite being two spots above United on the table.
‘‘They beat us the first time comprehensively, even though it wasn’t a big margin, but they beat us by about six or seven,’’ she said.
‘‘We’re missing a few key players... but I’m thinking we can do enough.’’
Brereton rotated through nine players last week against Seymour and the depth of the side will be tested tomorrow.
She said the side had cleaned up plenty of aspects of its game since round one.
‘‘We’re a different team and we’ve worked on the things that failed us that day and got closer to where I want us to be,’’ she said.
‘‘I haven’t seen United again since then, but they’ve got quality players in interleague squad members Kara (Dawes) and Jessie (Barnes-Hill) as well as some young kids, so it’s a good mix of an A-grade team.’’
The Demons continue to reshuffle their line-up, with Megan Trevaskis to miss the rest of the year.
Having played her 150th game against Echuca, the goal keeper will take time to rehabilitate a persistent foot injury.
United captain Kirsty Hommes said Trevaskis’ absence left room for a B-grade player to make the permanent shift up to the top flight, while under-17 star Elle Brookes should earn further senior game time.
Hommes said her side was not taking any confidence from its round one win as the Bears had grown from that match.
Having thrown away more than 40 passes in last week’s loss against Shepparton Swans, Hommes said there was a big focus on basics for the Demons.
‘‘We were absolutely pummelled on Tuesday night at training, we got given our stats and they definitely didn’t look good,’’ she said.
‘‘If we can consolidate our attack end we’ve got a really good side, so if we can keep our unforced errors down, we’re definitely in for a chance.’’