Either Northerners or Kyabram could establish themselves as a genuine Haisman Shield contender when the two highly fancied clubs go head-to-head tomorrow at Tallygaroopna.
After two rounds the Jets currently sit in fifth position with a split record, while the Redbacks, led by former County cricketer Eliott Callis, are yet to taste defeat.
The Jets, by their own admission, were disappointing in round one during their defeat to Katandra, but they did bounce back against Mooroopna last weekend.
Coach Steve Allen was upbeat with the victory and hopes as the season progresses his side can continue to improve with bat and ball.
‘‘Katandra was a slow start, we weren’t happy with that, but I feel we made inroads last week and it is a win that we can definitely start to build on,’’ Allen said.
‘‘I think at full strength our batting is pretty strong and with the ball, we are able to restrict sides so the signs are positive.’’
Despite Allen’s optimistic approach and the Jets’ ladder position, tomorrow’s hosts are seventh best for runs (239) this season, while they also languish in the wickets taken (15) column.
However, the addition of Ryan and Steele Sidebottom could help their cause throughout the season.
‘‘That might not be far away when we have all five brothers lining up together,’’ Allen said.
‘‘I think Ryan has been told to rest up, but there is a chance he could play and the same could be said about Steele as well, but he likes to come and have a watch anyway, so hopefully we’ll get them for a game.
‘‘It’d be great to see all five brothers play together at the Jets.’’
Meanwhile, the Redbacks are the competition’s second best side with the bat, smashing 408 after two rounds, however, coach Glen Hart will be hoping for a more even contribution.
‘‘It is great that we have had a few guys hit some big runs early on, but we cannot keep relying on individuals to win us the game,’’ Hart said.
‘‘Every club is after an even contribution from their side and we are no different, hopefully, that starts this weekend.’’
Callis and Kyle Mueller have played a major role in contributing to the aforementioned total, with both players starring in one of the first two rounds.
Mueller began the season knocking the final runs to not only secure his side a victory under lights against Mooroopna, but to also finish on 100 not out, while Callis smashed nine fours off 78 balls to finish on 86 against Karramomus.
Redbacks captain Alec Young will miss due to a wedding, while other than that the visitors will be at near full-strength.
‘‘Everyone misses players here and there and we will need to adapt without Alec this weekend,’’ Hart said.
‘‘He is a good player and would have helped against a quality side like the Jets, but I am sure we have the cover in our side to adapt.’’