MARONG faces a testing challenge to keep its unbeaten start to the Loddon Valley Football League season intact on Saturday.
The Panthers are 3-0 and sitting on top of the ladder ahead of their clash with Pyramid Hill at Marong Links Oval.
With Pyramid Hill again tipped to be one of the sides expected to go deep into the finals, the game is an opportunity for the Panthers to stake their claim as a genuine quality team to be reckoned with.
The Panthers last week held off Mitiamo to win by 10 points in a game that included dominant performances again from new ruckman Chris Morgan and coach Corey Gregg.
Pyramid Hill - also unbeaten - hasn’t played since its 17-point win over Mitiamo on April 12.
Bulldogs’ coach Paul Grayling has opened the season with bags of six goals in his first two games, and also tormented Marong in last year’s first semi-final when he booted eight.
• The new-look Mitiamo will chase its first win of the season when it takes on Calivil United at Calivil.
The Superoos have been competitive in both their outings, losing to Pyramid Hill by 17 points and Marong by 10 points, but with so many new players in the side, will be better with each run.
Calivil United is 1-2 and with a challenging season looming - which is a far cry from their 2004 premiership year, which the Demons will celebrate with a 10-year reunion this weekend.
• A tough day looks ahead for Inglewood when it travels to take on powerhouse Bridgewater.
Despite yet to win a game, Inglewood is proving a much more competitive side this season, while Bridgewater - which has lost coach Andy Collins to a broken collarbone - kicked away from Newbridge after half-time last week and is 2-0.
• And after the both teams won their first games of the season last week, Bears Lagoon-Serpentine is at home to YCW.