A finals blockbuster has come a week before the Goulburn Valley League finals.
Kyabram needs just one more win against Shepparton United tomorrow to complete a perfect regular season.
So far not one team in A-grade across the leagues has been able to achieve the feat, despite Murray league side Moama (MNL) and Picola District league powerhouse Waaia coming close.
It is a remarkably different season for Kyabram than last year, where Seymour was always its biggest threat.
Even in round 17 last year the Bombers fell to Benalla before the Lions pipped them in the qualifying final.
But those losses may have paid dividends as Kyabram won the premiership and has only increased its potency this season.
United remains one of the Bombers’ main challengers, despite losing its way after a stellar opening to the year.
Having been forced through injury to find another goal keeper, young gun Elle Brooks has been a brilliant inclusion into the defensive end, but faces one of her most difficult tests against classy goaler Elle Groves.
With slick moves and a supreme ability to nail shots from the circle’s edge, the Demons will need to find ways to slow down the transition into goals.
The Bombers defeated the Demons comfortably in their first encounter as both sides headed into that round seven game undefeated.
But United’s sole aim will not be to gather a win tomorrow.
The ladder position of Di Hanslow’s side can not be changed, so it is all about formulating ways to overcome the Bombers’ miniscule weaknesses.
With a potential match up against Kyabram to come in the second round of finals, an ace to throw out in the unpredictable nature of September games would be a huge positive.
Kate Durling’s and Sarah Bohn’s ability to convert will be crucial to help the Demons stick with the Bombers for as long as possible as opportunities are unlikely to be too frequent.