Two of the Goulburn Valley League’s oldest rivals will fight for Deakin Reserve bragging rights tomorrow with Shepparton United hosting Shepparton.
The two clubs have already met once this year with Brad Campbell’s Bears winning on that occasion, but United counterpart Peter Sheehan is hopeful of turning the tables.
‘‘It is going to be a big game and another challenge for us against a top-six side,’’ Sheehan said.
‘‘We have a different team to what we went out with in round one and I am sure there will be a little spice going into this one.’’
Luke Lowden is in sensational form after kicking six goals in United’s 34-point win against the Shepparton Swans last round, which snapped a four-game losing streak.
‘‘Not every club has someone of his experience and calibre in their side, so we expect a lot from him,’’ Sheehan said.
‘‘It will be a good battle, when he is up and going we are up and going and I think (tomorrow) we need all our experienced players to play well.’’
The Bears will be without gun forward Luke Smith, who was selected in the Victorian Country under-19 side, but they will have Ben Davies tomorrow and for another year.
Davies, who joined the club this year from VFL club Williamstown, has re-signed with the Bears.
‘‘He has brought a lot to the club, he is an experienced footballer and a well-rounded person,’’ Campbell said.
‘‘It is great to recruit good players to the club, but it’s just as important to bring good people in and that is what he is.’’
Campbell was disappointed he would be without Smith tomorrow, but credited his achievements for being selected for Vic Country.
Smith has kicked 26 goals this season, including 10 in his past two games.
‘‘It is fantastic for him, it goes to show sort of year he is having,’’ Campbell said.
The Bears sit second on the ladder, but Campbell was confident there was more improvement to come.
‘‘If you gave us nine wins at this point prior to the season I would have taken it, but we still have plenty to work on,’’ Campbell said.
‘‘Wins are important, but we are aiming to play four quarters on a consistent basis, it is something we haven’t been able to achieve.’’
United (ninth, 3-8) has the competition’s second worst offensive record this season, averaging just 55 points a game.
Lowden (14) is the only Demon with double figure goals, with Reid Crowe and Jack Norman next best with nine majors each.
In contrast, the Bears have James Wong (42 goals), Smith (26), Nick Allan and Sam Dunstan (11) who have kicked more than 10 goals in 11 games.