Starting the season without a loss from five games is an ideal situation to be in.
That is the prospect facing Shepparton Gators with realistic opportunities to go two-from-two in a double header weekend.
Having already banked three wins, tonight the Gators face the Sunbury Jets in an away contest against a side also in a rebuilding stage.
‘‘They’ve probably lost a lot of players and had a high rate of turnovers which is not unlike ourselves,’’ Shepparton coach Leigh Bathman said.
‘‘Both games are very winnable but in this league you just can not take any one for granted, we have to make sure we play our style and take it up to the opposition and get the wins on board early.’’
Despite a new squad, there is a positive atmosphere around the group as players were given time off during the bye week to refresh.
It was particularly beneficial for a host of players with niggling injuries in preparation for the double header which includes a home match against Whittlesea Pacers at Shepparton Sports Stadium tomorrow.
‘‘We would hope that people are a bit fresher in the legs; we gave the players time off but they still needed to do some individual training as opposed to a team session.
‘‘Nick Dodd is probably just about over his ankle injury and available to play more minutes, but Matt Bartlett has bone bruising in his ankle which has slowed him up.
‘‘You just hope the team chemistry and learning of the offensive system continues to grow the longer the players are in the system and it starts to become a bit clearer from there, as individuals a lot of improvement can come in those areas.’’
A fit Nick Dodd will do wonders for the side with his impact on the scoreboard seeing him always make valuable contributions despite much of the scoring left to imports Cameron Vines and Spencer Coleman.
Tip off for the Shepparton Gators clash with Whittlesea Pacers tomorrow at the Shepparton Sports Stadium is at 1pm.