Nagambie coach Abby Misiti is rapt with what her side has achieved so far this season.
Given most players moved on after last year’s grand final loss, Misiti said her team had achieved more than what she anticipated when the season begun.
‘‘I thought this year would be a development year and regrouping year, but we’ve really seen some improvements since round one, last week beating Avenel by 14 after losing by 18 (in round one),’’ she said.
‘‘I’ve got quite versatile girls that can play different positions and I’ve got different options, I never expected to be going this well, so full credit to the girls.’’
Although the Swans were missing key players in last week’s encounter, the Lakers gave their arch rival their first loss of the year.
Sharni Lloyd and Bianca Willis put on a show in the shooting circle, with Misiti hoping they did the same against fourth-placed Stanhope on Saturday.
‘‘They’ve (Stanhope) had some mixed results, but we’re expecting a tough game, they always match up quite well against us and pushed us in round two, although the scoreline was 22-40, we were only four up at half-time,’’ she said.
Undera and Murchison-Toolamba are two sides in finals contention, with both teams within a game of the top six.
The Lions have a prime chance to leapfrog Violet Town and take sixth position with a match against Longwood.
Given the Redlegs enjoyed their first win of the season only two weeks ago, a big win to Undera will go a long way to securing finals spot.
But the Towners still start favourites against Lancaster, although they match up well on each other.
The Grasshoppers have to overcome a Merrigum side that has vastly improved since losing against the same side in round two.
Tallygaroopna is back on its run of posting high tallies, with the Redlegs having not scored less than 50 goals since round seven against Stanhope.
Another sizeable tally is on the cards against Girgarre as Julie Telford’s side looks to further increase its standing as the top attacking side in the competition.